World takes an Apple Safari

Safari 4 is the fastest web browser in the world... this week at least

Apple seems quite chuffed with the launch of its Safari 4 browser, quoting 11 million downloads in its first three days.

Over half of those (6 million) were downloaded to Windows machines.

Apple claims that Safari 4 is the "world's fastest and most innovative" browser, loading pages and running JavaScript at least three times faster than Firefox or Internet Explorer.

0.1% boost = incredible success?

"Safari 4 is an incredible success on Mac and Windows," 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."

However, Global Stats Counter shows just the tiniest uptick in actual Safari browser usage, from 2.82% of all users at the start of June to 2.92% yesterday.

We'll see how things settle out once Firefox 3.5 arrives - it's coming "in the next 1-2 weeks". A new Preview of the update, available from Mozilla here (but intended mainly for developers), offers new features such as private browsing, location-aware browsing, faster JavaScript and rendering and support for HTML 5.