Safari for Windows - First Impressions
Hell has frozen over and I'm running Safari on Windows (v3 Public Beta) You can download it at: www.apple.com/safari.
- It's clearly fast. Very fast. Like, noticeably fast, loading a half dozen sites (that take IE7 or FF2 a few seconds) within a blink of an eye. If nothing else, they've set the performance bar higher.
I've always said I've never understood why I needed a Core2Duo with 4Gigs of RAM to parse 50k of angle brackets.
- There's a "submit bug" button built right in with options to send the source of the page as well as a screenshot. Classy.
- The RSS Reader includes the same Safari on Mac "article length" slider that automatically truncates articles to a length that makes blogs more "skimmable."
- The WebKit they ship with includes the fix for the regular expression engine while using internationalized RegEx's via Unicode Escape sequences. We reported these bugs before. This implies to me that these bugs are fixed in the Safari included with the Leopard Release of OS X, but I haven't confirmed yet.
- Dialog Boxes show up as additional Application Windows in the Explorer bar. Meaning, if you have the Preferences Dialog open, the Taskbar says you're running two Safari Windows.
- The installer asks to install the Bonjour Service, Apple's service discovery protocol ala UPnP. I declined.
- It uses its own Font Smoothing system with three options, light, medium and strong. It's not using ClearType, and they appear to have their own embedded fonts for rendering text within the browser.
- It looks like a Mac Application on Windows. Not bad, but slightly creepy.
- This blog's comment box renders strangely, possibly because they allow you to resize text boxes yourself. It obscures the new Live Comment Preview.
- What's the point? Was this browser needed?
- As with OS X apps, you can only resize the window with the handle in the lower right corner.
- They've clearly built some amazing owner-draw cross-platform UI framework here. Perhaps Safari was the proving ground? Well, they've proven it. I wonder if the Apple concept of a "Universal Binary" has more draconian world dominationesque connotations? Perhaps Objective C is the new Java? Write once, debug everywhere.
Either way, I encourage you to download Safari and try it out. I'm not switching away from Firefox2 just yet, but speed is the #1 thing that'll make me switch. We will see.