Apple has thrown down the gauntlet to its rivals with the latest version of its Safari web browser.
Safari 3 will work on both Macs and PCs and will go head-to-head against Microsoft’s Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox.
A test version of Safari 3 is available as a free download.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: ‘We think Windows users are going to be really impressed when they see how fast and intuitive web browsing can be with Safari.
‘Hundreds of millions of Windows users already use iTunes, and we look forward to turning them on to Safari’s superior browsing experience too.’
Apple says that Safari is the fastest browser on Windows, loading and drawing web pages up to twice as fast as Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Mozilla Firefox 2.
The final version of the Safari 3 browser will be available in October as a free download for both Windows and Apple machines, and will be included in the forthcoming operating system (OS) for Macs, codenamed Leopard.
Leopard introduces over 300 new features and Steve Jobs added: ‘Leopard is the best release of Mac OS X to date, surpassing even Tiger, and will further extend Mac OS X’s leadership as the most advanced and innovative operating system in the world.’