Did Apple kill support for Safari 6 on Windows?

If you were one of the few that used Safari on Windows, it would appear that Apple has killed support for the browser on Windows based machines. If you navigate to Apple's page, you will see that there are no download links for the new browser. At the bottom of the page it says "The latest version of Safari is available in Mountain Lion. The latest version of Safari for Lion is available through Software Update."

For comparison, if you go to iTunes section of Apple's page, there is a massive button to help you download the software. It could be possible that Apple will roll-out the update at a later point but at this time, you are not able to download Safari 6 directly from Apple. 

Using Google cache, we can go back to July 17th, despite the images being gone, we can see that the page previously allowed for Windows consumers to download the browser:

Apple killing support for Safari on Windows is not a major blow to the Windows ecosystem but it is now one less browser option for those of us using Redmond's OS of choice. 

Thanks for the tip Mephistopheles

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Apple still makes Safari for windows? wow ever since I switched to android. I've never bothered having itunes or any apple software on my computer. I'm just saying. No itunes means no option to install Safari.

I presume most of the downloads were by those who inadvertently installed it thanks to Apple Software Update assuming you'd want to install Safari while you updated iTunes.

I'm curious which browser they're going to feature in the Top 5 segment of the EU's Browser Ballot Screen.

TRC said,
Does anyone care, I mean do even Apple users use Safari?

Nope. I personally have Chrome installed on my Mac, Linux, and Windows rig

I tried Safari for Windows - decent browser, but it never impressed me enough to keep it over IE, Firefox, Chrome or Opera. Microsoft stopped making Internet Explorer for Macintosh years ago so Apple discontinuing support for Windows doesn't strike me as being all that significant.

Now if I could find a decent alternative to iTunes (which I need for my iPod touch) to manage my apps and podcasts I would eliminate another Apple product...

I expect about 3 customers who installed it to browse will be upset.

The other 500,000 who got it as a part of Apple bloatware package, will likely not care, but ultimately it will be good for them.

meh, their browser sucks balls anyways. used it once, hated it, uninstalled it. chrome, firefox, and ie are all i need. chrome, mainly.

Just checked Apple Software Update on Windows 7. It's no longer there either. It only popped up a few days ago, asking to update iTunes and Safari - but now it's only showing iTunes.

I used to use Safari for Windows, except for an annoying bug that was still present after 3 new versions caused me to leave. Haven't looked back.

Apple is a closed ecosystem. I never understood why they even offered Safari on Windows.

If you want the Apple monoculture, buy an Apple device.

twistedddx said,
Apple is a closed ecosystem. I never understood why they even offered Safari on Windows.

If you want the Apple monoculture, buy an Apple device.

Monoculture? While the ecosystem is tightly integrated, till date since the intel switch in whatever form, they have supported windows on all their devices..no matter how crappy the software actually was! In fact, they continue to allow synchronisation between google and yahoo as well! With bootcamp, they closed the circle on windows requirements too.. I believe Apple has learnt from its tightly closed systems, and is definitely opening up a lot more to support systems in at least their rudimentary forms!

Yogi said,

Monoculture? While the ecosystem is tightly integrated, till date since the intel switch in whatever form, they have supported windows on all their devices..no matter how crappy the software actually was! In fact, they continue to allow synchronisation between google and yahoo as well! With bootcamp, they closed the circle on windows requirements too.. I believe Apple has learnt from its tightly closed systems, and is definitely opening up a lot more to support systems in at least their rudimentary forms!


Virtualize OSX on non Apple Hardware.

twistedddx said,
Apple is a closed ecosystem. I never understood why they even offered Safari on Windows.

If you want the Apple monoculture, buy an Apple device.

They'll support Windows if they stand to gain from it. Just look at iTunes.

Glassed Silver said,

What about it?

GS:mac

5.2 released with Lion but Windows never even got 5.2 version, it was first version to get DFG JIT (if not wrong) and Windows users only got 5.1.7 (incremental updates). So I was like either they have even plan to release at least one such version.

You know how it is, you've got a person like this everywhere who thinks they are trying to be smart, and they end up looking dumb when it's pointed out to them that they are dead wrong!

doesn't surprise me, only apple fan boys would use safari on windows, it doesn't offer anything over firefox/chrome. They must spend quite a bit supporting it on windows with so few users.

torrentthief said,
doesn't surprise me, only apple fan boys would use safari on windows, it doesn't offer anything over firefox/chrome. They must spend quite a bit supporting it on windows with so few users.

Apple fanboys wouldn't use Windows anyways...

MASTER260 said,

Apple fanboys wouldn't use Windows anyways...

Unless it's a work computer (Windows) which they are forced to use and they want to stick it to man

Nexus69 said,

Unless it's a work computer (Windows) which they are forced to use and they want to stick it to man


Our graphics people tried that... then I banned it Just sticking it to the little guy.

torrentthief said,
doesn't surprise me, only apple fan boys would use safari on windows, it doesn't offer anything over firefox/chrome. They must spend quite a bit supporting it on windows with so few users.

If you use iOS and want iCloud bookmark syncing but don't want to use Internet Explorer (which btw, Internet Explorer < Safari for Windows), then there are some reasons. Safari may not offer anything that Firefox and Chrome don't already offer, but it really isn't that bad of a web browser. Not my personal preference for browsing in Windows, but your statement is way overblown and just demonstrate how much of a blind fanboy you are and not the other way around.

My guess is you never actually used it.

Shadrack said,

If you use iOS and want iCloud bookmark syncing but don't want to use Internet Explorer (which btw, Internet Explorer < Safari for Windows), then there are some reasons. Safari may not offer anything that Firefox and Chrome don't already offer, but it really isn't that bad of a web browser. Not my personal preference for browsing in Windows, but your statement is way overblown and just demonstrate how much of a blind fanboy you are and not the other way around.

My guess is you never actually used it.

Safari > Ie ? You got to be kidding. Even on OSX I use it once, to download FF. Horrible browser on Windows, just adequate on OSX, crash central on Ios, where people are stuck with the webkit engine, so any other browser (like Dolphin HD) als crashes a lot.

Most people I know that had it installed didn't know they had it installed, it came with a bunch of iTunes updates, good riddance!

I didn't think Safari for Windows was half-bad, but I still prefer other browsers in Windows a lot more. I can think of some instances where iCloud tabs would be nice, but I'll probably still be disabling the feature.

sanke1 said,
Good riddance I would say. I am happy with 3 browser choice on Windows.

+1!
I don't know anyone who installed Safari by choice of their PC. In most cases it snuck on with Apple's annoying update software and the user didn't understand where it came from but didn't care about browsers enough to worry about it.

sanke1 said,
Good riddance I would say. I am happy with 3 browser choice on Windows.

Oi! Just 3? <mumble mumble > Posted from Opera

dangel said,

Oi! Just 3? <mumble mumble > Posted from Opera

Opera would probably be a lot more popular if they would have dropped the shareware thing a few years before they did

sanke1 said,
Good riddance I would say. I am happy with 3 browser choice on Windows.

I find that Safari includes some great features other browsers lack. Not only that, but I absolutely love how its Find mechanism looks and feels (with the overlay and animations). I found it to be one of the best browsers on Windows, considering both look and functionality

Glassed Silver said,

Hooray, less choice!

/s

GS:mac


I only want it on windows to test websites for safari compatibility. Guess I'm spinning up my mac Mini... oh wait, incompatible with the new OSX

Rudy said,
Opera would probably be a lot more popular if they would have dropped the shareware thing a few years before they did

Slightly possible, but don't forget that they were stupid, or just stupidly stubborn, about other things too, like going down the widgets road for years instead of the extensions road until it was way too late.

MrHumpty said,

I only want it on windows to test websites for safari compatibility. Guess I'm spinning up my mac Mini... oh wait, incompatible with the new OSX

Oh wait, Safari 6 is being released for OS X Lion too…

sanke1 said,
Good riddance I would say. I am happy with 3 browser choice on Windows.

Well said, I'm glad that POS has disappeared from Windows. Hopefully the same thing will happen with iTunes and QuickTime as well.

neo158 said,

Well said, I'm glad that POS has disappeared from Windows. Hopefully the same thing will happen with iTunes and QuickTime as well.


Yes, because the millions of iPhone and iPod users wouldn't miss any of those... Dur. You act as if you're required to download and use it. Get real.

Calum said,

I find that Safari includes some great features other browsers lack. Not only that, but I absolutely love how its Find mechanism looks and feels (with the overlay and animations). I found it to be one of the best browsers on Windows, considering both look and functionality

Sir, has anyone ever told you to do stand-up? If not, you really should since that joke made my sides move on their own for ages.

Zeet said,

Sir, has anyone ever told you to do stand-up? If not, you really should since that joke made my sides move on their own for ages.

That's most likely because you probably don't understand that people can prefer different products to what you prefer

mikeyx12 said,

What good is a "choice" if nobody wants that particular option?


Clearly some people did, as it had users. Not only that, but competition is often good when it has features the other apps don't. Look at Google+; that doesn't have many users compared to Facebook, but it originally had some great features over Facebook, so Facebook implemented similar features and now many of us who use Facebook are better off.

Calum said,

Clearly some people did, as it had users. Not only that, but competition is often good when it has features the other apps don't. Look at Google+; that doesn't have many users compared to Facebook, but it originally had some great features over Facebook, so Facebook implemented similar features and now many of us who use Facebook are better off.

In general yeah, but that's not the case with Safari on Windows.