A lot of people have been saying, “HUH” or “WTF” in response to Steve Jobs’ announcement earlier today that Apple was making a version of Safari available to Windows users.

The most logical reason behind this move is so that developers can use this version of Safari to test their Web sites and Web 2.0 applications in Safari and make sure they’re fully compatible with the popular Web browser (which up to now was limited to Mac users.)

Today Steve Jobs also announced that the Apple iPhone uses a full version of Safari and he encouraged developers to design Web 2.0 and AJAX applications specifically for it. The iPhone allows Web applications to interface with the iPhone services such as the iPhone’s address book, mail application, and mapping that is provided by Google over the AT&T Wireless network.

Safari shouldn’t be ignored by non-developers as it is a very strong and fast Web browser. In fact, its twice as fast as Internet Explorer and 1.6 times faster than Firefox! Safari’s rendering engine is very slick and you’ll notice that most Web pages simply look better in it and are easier to read thanks to its unique font smoothing.

Safari is definitely worth a try no matter what kind of user you are.

[tags]ajax, web site design, website design[/tags]