Apple offers Safari for Windows

Steve Jobs, Apple's Chief Executive Officer, speaks at the company's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, June 11, 2007. REUTERS/Kimberly White

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs on Monday said his company had created a version of its No. 3-ranked Web browser, Safari, for Windows users, aiming to gain share in the market for browsers.

Jobs said the company was set to begin offering a trial version of its new Safari browser for Windows XP and Vista computers to the public on Monday.

Jobs cited industry market data showing that Safari, which currently runs on the Apple Macintosh operating system, has 4.9 percent of the browser business. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has around 78 percent, while Firefox is second-largest with around 15 percent of the browser market.

“We would love for Safari’s market share to grow substantially,” Jobs said at a software developers conference, during a presentation in which he focused on new features in Apple’s upcoming operating system software, called Leopard.