First it was Netscape vs. IE. Then IE vs. Firefox. The IE versus Firefox again. Opera also snuck in there as well. But now we're going to see a new entry into the fray:
Apparently Apple has ported its Safari web browser to Windows and is pushing it as faster and better than either IE or Firefox.
Windows may be the punch line for Steve Jobs' jokes, but the world's most popular operating system is getting serious and perhaps unwelcome support from Apple.
Monday at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2007 in San Francisco, Apple's CEO said that his company's Safari Web browser now works under Windows.
Jobs ran a performance comparison between Safari Public Beta 3 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 using VeriTest's iBench Version 5.0. Safari loaded Web pages in half the time it took Internet Explorer.
In the iBench test, Safari loaded Web pages up in nearly half the amount of time the same job took Firefox 2.
Firefox 3 is in alpha release at the moment but is slated for beta release in July. It will be interesting to see if Firefox 3 can match Safari's performance.