What is Safari?
Safari is Apple’s proprietary web browser, analogous to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which supports Mac OS X operating systems and the iOS for Apple’s mobile devices (iPod, iPad, iPhone, etc.). First introduced in 2003, it was later adopted as the Mac’s default browser and the bundled browser for the iOS; there is also a Windows compatible version for Windows based computers, which supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and the Windows 7 and their derivatives. According to a latest survey in October 2011, Safari is the world’s fourth most popular browser, behind Internet Explorer (1st), Mozilla Firefox (2nd), and Google Chrome (3rd).
Safari uses the WebKit rendering engine, which was also used by Google Chrome; WebKit is essentially minimalist in design. This is the reason that Safari and Chrome share a common interface look. WebKit2 was introduced in version 5, an upgraded form of the engine, although the Chromium team of Google also had a hand in its development.
Safari have improvements and features that are a little different across platforms; for example, the Windows-based Safari has an improved graphics acceleration, while for Mac this is unnecessary. There are also other features exclusive to the iOS versions, mostly owing to the hardware’s limitations.
File types supported by Safari
Our users primarily use Safari to open these file types:
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