Apple is taking on the Microsoft giant again, this time in the Web browser arena.
Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple, told delegates to the company's developers' conference in San Francisco yesterday, that it would introduce its Safari Web browser for Windows.
Jobs says that Safari, which currently enjoys a 5% market share compared to Internet Explorer's 78%, loads Web pages at double the speed of Microsoft's de facto standard offering.
A test version of Safari 3 is available for download immediately, with the final iteration due in October.
The move is widely seen as an attempt to duplicate the success enjoyed since iTunes was made available on the Windows operating system, which helped to boost sales of both iPods and Mac computers.
Microsoft won the last round of the browser war when it toppled Netscape almost 10 years ago.
Meanwhile, Apple will also let outside developers create applications for the iPhone via Safari, which is included in the multimedia device.
Jobs also told developers that Electronic Arts is to bring more of its top games, including Madden football and Tiger Woods golf, to the Mac.