Apple said Monday that a final 1.0 version of its Safari Web browser is coming soon. The statement comes in response to Microsoft’s recent decision to stop development of Internet Explorer. “Safari is the fastest browser on the Mac, and has become the browser of choice for millions of Mac users,” Apple said in a statement. “The Safari beta program has been an incredible success, and we will be releasing Safari 1.0 soon.” The company went on to say that Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit felt that it was a good time to reassign its IE resources to revenue-producing Mac products “such as the next versions of Office, Entourage (including an Exchange client) and Virtual PC.”