Apple Announces 11M Safari 4 Downloads: Thurrott and PC World Cry Fake!

Apple put out a press release that Safari 4 has been downloaded 11 million times since it was released last Monday.

Naturally, eagle-eyed cub scout reporter Jimmy Ols–, er, Paul Thurrott is there to give us the real story by quoting PC World’s Robert Strohmeyer:

As someone with three Macs at home, I couldn’t help but notice that Apple pushed Safari 4 out as an automatic update to all of its users this week. Yesterday, all three of the Macs in my household received the update, and we don’t even use Safari.

Let’s set aside that — unlike Microsoft’s default settings — Apple’s software gets your permission before installing upgrades. What I find more comical are the following:

  • A PC World writer and Paul Thurrott have no idea how to tell Apple’s upgrader “no thanks” for Safari, and make it permanent. I bet they know how to do this for Windows.
  • Both these guys are surprised that Apple would count downloads that took place via the upgrader. My question is: Why the heck wouldn’t they?

Perhaps they’re just shocked because Microsoft would certainly never push their browser via software upgrade… er, wait, yes, they do. Well, I’m sure that Microsoft at least carefully filters out any data about IE users by subtracting the number downloaded from their automated updates. Um, no.

And so, in the end we wind up where we began: with the fact that Safari 4 has been downloaded 11 million times since it was released last Monday.

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6 thoughts on “Apple Announces 11M Safari 4 Downloads: Thurrott and PC World Cry Fake!

  1. Bas,

    Unlike with Internet Explorer, Safari installations are not automatic. The user must allow the installation, it cannot take place without it.

    As for me, I upgraded 3 Macs and 3 PCs, and did all 6 of them by manually running the software updater. Yes, it counts, just as it counts when IE or Firefox use their upgraders.

  2. 11 milion downloads would be an indicator for succes if those people had gone to the website and downloaded the stuff. Now it is just the number of people that did not turn of the automatic update number. Not saying Safari 4 is not a succes, but number of automatic downloads is hardly a good argument for such a statement.

  3. ” all three of the Macs in my household received the update, and we don’t even use Safari.”

    sorry but what’s that got to do with what Apple has announced?

    It says quite clearly, 11M Safari *downloads* not users!

  4. And Microsoft didn’t push IE 8 out to Windows users?? And as a security update?

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