With Apple's latest update for Mac OS X came Safari 6, an update to the default system web browser. And just like Microsoft does with Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10, it looks as if the new browser version is exclusively tied to that operating system. Note: Technically, Microsoft is tying the IE browser to the latest two versions of the operating system, and Apple the Safari 6 browser to Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion.
Previous versions of Safari were also available on Windows, but the latest update to Safari 6 may introduce Apple's departure from the Windows operating system. When you open the Safari page you only get information about the browser, but no download links. Previously users were able to download Safari for Mac and Windows from the Apple page. All previous download urls redirect to the main page with no apparent option to download the browser for Windows or pre-Lion versions of Mac OS X. Safari 6 has been exclusively distributed via software updates for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion users.
The absence of download links does not necessarily mean that Safari for Windows has been discontinued, especially since Apple has not released an official statement yet regarding the issue.
According to Macworld, an Apple spokesperson hat that to say about the issue:
Safari 6 is available for Mountain Lion and Lion. Safari 5 continues to be available for Windows,” she said. Specifically, the final version of Safari available for Windows users is Safari 5.1.7.
Apple may have its reasons for discontinuing Safari on Windows. One possible explanation it the browser's low market share on Windows which may not justify the costs of maintaining and supporting a version of Safari for Windows.
Other explanations may be possible. Maybe it takes longer to develop and release the Safari 6 update for Windows, or Apple has it ready but wants to keep the version exclusive for its operating system for now.
How do you think this is going to evolve? Has Apple discontinued Safari for Windows, or will the company release the browser at a later time?
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