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Although available as a public beta since February 24, the final version of Safari 4 was introduced on Monday at WWDC 2009. Less than a week later, more than 5 million Mac users, and 6 million Windows users have downloaded it. Not surprisingly, Apple is pleased. […]

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Although available as a public beta since February 24, the final version of Safari 4 was introduced on Monday at WWDC 2009. Less than a week later, more than 5 million Mac users, and 6 million Windows users have downloaded it. Not surprisingly, Apple is pleased.

“Safari 4 is an incredible success on Mac and Windows with more than 11 million downloads in the first three days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Safari users love the incredible speed and innovative features like Top Sites, Full History Search and Cover Flow.”

Safari 4 is a solid upgrade, and the rate of uptake is impressive, too. Consider last month’s breakdown of Safari versions from Net Applications.

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The Safari 4 beta made up a small minority of total usage. With 5 million downloads for the OS X version so far, it’s likely that Safari 4 will be the majority browser among users very soon, possibly by the end of the month. That growth will only accelerate as Safari 4 becomes the installed browser on new Macs sold, and will jump again when Snow Leopard is released in September. By the end of the year, it’s possible Safari 3 will have single-digit usage among Mac users. Compared to the uptake of new versions of Internet Explorer on Windows, that’s lightning fast. Of course, even 6 million downloads of Windows Safari so far won’t do much to gain market share in general.

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It still is, and will likely continue to be, a Windows world when it comes to web browser market share, but at least on the Mac Safari 4 will be the future.

  1. Safari is great – except – I want to use shortcut keys to switch between tabs. Firefox lets me hit command + 1 for the 1st tab, command + 2 for the 2nd tab, and so on. Safari uses commant + 1 to open my first bookmark, which is significantly less useful. If I could switch that, I’d happily use Safari 4.

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  2. I still like FireFox best.

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  3. FireFox is teh uglyz! :p

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  4. AJ, it’s not a very elegant method but you can use command-shift-{ or } to move back and forth between tabs

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  5. Nope. It’s all smoke and mirrors. I know because the Supersite for Windows says so. :-/

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  6. Now how many of those 6 million Windows Users are also a part of the 5 million Mac users that just happen to use Windows with Boot Camp?

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  7. in firefox to open a link in a new tab you just click.
    In safari you either need to control click or right click and chose it from the menu.
    Otherwise you get all these open windows. Ugh.

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  8. I’d be interested in giving Safari another try, but I’ve gotten hooked on all of the nifty shortcuts I’ve got set up in Firefox — extensions for del.icio.us saves and the like, using keywords to pull up a site, etc. — and I don’t know how to duplicate all of that with Safari.

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  9. Ted, using them Mighty Mouse I like to set the scroll ball button as button 3 under my mouse prefs and that will also accomplish the same thing. That way I can open the link as a new tab with just the mouse. This requires that the (command-click) option be selected under the tabs preference in safari. To that end you can also open the link in a new window by holding down the option key when clicking with the scroll ball. Or if you don’t have a mighty mouse command-option and clicking. I find that I don’t always want something opened in a new window and I don’t always want something in a new tab so you have the option for all without the gyrations that you’re suggesting.

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  10. Would not Software Update be a very big reason for the high number of downloads on the Mac side?

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