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Apple Adds Extensions To Safari 5.0

Apple has had a very busy week as it released a minor update to its Safari 5.0 web browser, one which introduces SEG (Safari Extensions Gallery) and the concept of extensions to Safari users and which will be called Safari 5.0.1.

Developers have been creating extension in HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript since June 2010 when Safari was launched.

The biggest competitors to Apple's browser, Google's Chrome and Mozilla Firefox already have Extensions and it was only a matter of time for Apple to do the same.

The SEG can be accessed either via the browser menu or on Apple's website (opens in new tab). Interestingly, unlike Firefox, there's no need to restart your browser after installing or removing extensions.

As expected some heavyweights have already adopted Apple's Safari Extensions Gallery including the likes of Bing, Ebay, NY Times, MLB, Amazon and Twitter and surprisingly, there's even a dedicated extension categories for the social microblogging website.

There are 16 categories and 103 extensions already available, expect that number to grow rapidly as developers embrace Extensions Gallery and liken it to the App Store. You can download the latest Safari browser here (opens in new tab).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.