There is a lot of good discussion about the Safari for Windows release and my, as well as others (including Apple's), assertion that it's fast. Or at least it feels fast. A few folks said that it might feel fast because Steve Jobs said it's fast.
So, I decided over lunch to do a non-scientific (but using common sense) test. I started by loading up each browser and resizing them to exactly 800x600. I used Camtasia to record them, independently, loading hanselman.com, apple.com, cnn.com, msdn.com, sun.com and craigslist.org.
I then downloaded a free version of Sony Vegas and made a 1600x1200 (four quadrants of 800x600) and put each site's loading in their appropriate quadrant. I started the timer (and start frame) when I press Enter in the Address Bar and stopped it when I saw a "done" indication from the browser. For some that was the word "done" in the Status Bar, for others it was a progress bar finishing and disappearing.
I did the whole thing, capture and edit in Raw 30fps and didn't make it smaller until the final Render. I deleted browser caches and pre-cached DNS for each. Each browser's file was about 1.2 gigs each.
Here's a table of the results:
You can check the video for yourself, but the nutshell conclusion for the non-Safari browsers is "it depends on the site," but on my computer, Safari on Windows is not slow. The question is, are you willing to put up with a Mac-like interface, wonky text anti-aliasing and some weird rendering, without your FireFox plugins? I'm going to give it a try and see how it goes. It's a lot to ask.
Also, Craigslist just generally rocks. Enjoy.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way.