Despite an avalanche of criticism over Apple's introduction of it's Safari beta for Windows, Apple has racked up one amazing statistic: Over one-million people downloaded the browser in a mere 48-hour period and, to boot, they also patched all of the previous security glitches that its critics took great delight in pointing out!
Erick Schonfeld from the fanancial blog, the.next.net, described it as a stampede, which is not too far from the truth, as the iPhone and other Apple success stories seems to have really peeked people's interest in just about anything related to Apple these days.
Of course, this is not too surprising when you consider the tremendous amount of free publicity that the main street press has lavished on it's launch, and, days later is still doing. From the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Cnet and down on to the little guys, bloggers like me, the press has gone all out reporting every little nuisance, good and bad, about the browser.
It will take more time and a lot more work on Apple's part, of course, before people start replacing Explorer 7 or the beloved Firefox on Windows as their default, but, on the other hand, people who dismiss Safari on Windows and are predicting it as a foolish move on Cupertino's part better be careful; Apple has made fools out of its critics before and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they do again regarding Safari. Time will tell, of course.
And that's my two cents on Safari for Windows for the 15th. of June, 2007.