Stealth Safari Update for Windows Was Super Effective, Tripled Marketshare

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Whether you took Mozzy's stance that Apple quietly slipping Safari into its Software Update for Windows users "bordered on malware" or just didn't give a shit, looks like you'll have to admit it worked like gangbusters: Net Applications reports that it tripled Safari's marketshare in only a month.

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Before the update, Safari's marketshare on Windows was a barely detectable 0.07 percent at its peak, with basically flat growth for nearly a year. Then BOOM, there's a huge spike post-update shenanigans. Wonder if it'll correspondingly drop as people rip it out of their computers (or not, if they actually like it) since it's got its own pane in Software Update now. [Net Apps via Gadget Lab]

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TurboFool
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I've seen Safari on quite a few client PCs since this forced deployment started. It's clearly "working," but whether or not the people who have it are even noticing it's there is another story.

I can see why Mozilla's so upset, though. It's hard enough to get people to switch off of the web browser that comes with Windows. Now imagine someone finally realizes there could be a reason to try something else. Do they download Firefox, or do they try the other browser that's already on their computers and came from the people who made their beloved iTunes? It's just short of what had everyone up in arms that MS was building IE into Windows.