Apple has chosen a very subtle and deceptive way to push Safari 3.1 down the throat of Windows users, like it or not. As you can see in the screenshot on the right, Apple Software Update is delivering Safari 3.1, checked by default, to a copy of Windows Vista that doesn't even have the Mac OS X native browser installed, and neither iTunes. On the said machine, the only piece of Apple software deployed is QuickTime. In this context, it is oblivious that Apple has been reduced to push its products via the same tactics used by Trojan Horses to drop additional malware.
According to statistics made available by Net Applications, Safari is stuck at just 5.70% of the browser market. This while direct rivals Microsoft and Mozilla have shares of 74.88% with Internet Explorer and 17.27% with Firefox. Both Microsoft and Mozilla push their latest finished browser versions via automatic updates. The difference is that, one way or the other, users already have either Internet Explorer 6 or Firefox 1.5 installed, while Apple is serving Safari 3.1 as an update to nothing, delivering and deploying the full browser even on Windows operating systems that have never had a copy of Safari installed.
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