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Safari vs. Firefox: Does Safari Measure Up?

By releasing Safari on Windows, Apple is doing more than providing a rich browser experience for Mac users — it’s making a land grab for the Internet, and may pose a threat to Firefox as it attempts to displace IE. Does Safari 4 measure up to Firefox 3.5, and should the Moz folks be worried?

Nearly lost in the shuffle of iPhone mania last week was the news that Apple had released Safari 4. Since Apple is expanding its horizons and trying to elbow its way onto Windows as well as the Mac, it’s worth taking a look at Safari and see if it poses a real threat in the browser market.

I know what you’re thinking: As a Linux user, what do I care about Safari? Well, certainly Apple doesn’t care about the Linux users in the audience — except as potential converts to the Mac. But Apple’s push onto the Windows desktop could blunt Firefox’s growing market share. Especially since Apple enjoys a pretty significant share of the Web developer market.

According to Net Applications’s data, Safari has been slowly grabbing market share from 6.14% of the market in July of 2008 to 8.43% in May of this year. (May…

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