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Safari, Apples Web Browser

Safari is a web browser developed by Apple Inc., and included in Mac OS X. It was first released as a public beta on January 7, 2003, and a final version was included as the default browser in Mac OS X v10.3. A preview version for Windows was released for the first time on June 11, 2007.[1]

Safari has a bookmark management scheme that functions like the iTunes jukebox software, integrates Apple’s QuickTime multimedia technology, and features a tabbed-browsing interface similar to that of Opera, Firefox, and Internet Explorer 7. A Google search box is a standard component of the Safari interface, as are software services that automatically fill out web forms, manage passwords via Keychain and spell check entries into web page text fields. The browser also includes an integrated pop-up ad blocker and a configurable image blocker.

Since the release of Safari, its browser usage share has been climbing. For the month of May 2007, thecounter.com shows that Safari has a usage share of 2.86%[2]; NetApplications.com reports that Safari has a usage share of 4.59% as of April 2007,[3], an increase of 1.33 percentage points since May 2006.

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