Safari for Windows: A shot of Apple for your PC

This morning during Steve Jobs’ keynote at WWDC, Apple officially introduced Safari 3 for Windows.  I’m pretty much married to Firefox at this point, but I can’t resist trying out a new browser so I gave it a download. 

Right off the bat, it got on my nerves.  When you first run it, it’s SUPPOSED to ask you if you want to import in your bookmarks.  While most of my bookmarks are in, I do have a few important ones in my browser bar which I did want to import.  Unfortunately I got the snub from Safari and it never even asked.  So I tried the "Import Bookmarks" menu item, and it asked me to browse to my bookmarks file.  Do you know where Firefox saves it’s bookmarks?  Neither do I.  I know, I know, I could have gone back into Firefox, saved them to my desktop and then loaded them in, but by then I was already irritate.

So, I went back to Safari, without my bookmarks, and started to do some surfing.  Apple claims that the browser is twice as fast as IE7 and 1.6 times faster than Firefox.  I’m not sure whether that’s true or not, but it most definitely is speedy.  Nothing to complain about there.

The tabbed browsing is solid, with close tab icons on every tab and good keyboard control.  And I really like the fact that you can drag a tab off the bar to open it in your own window.  I’d love Firefox to build that into the core application.  So there’s definitely a one-up for Safari. 

Another solid feature is the inline search.  Firefox has had that for years, and Apple’s basically provide the exact same features, but it has alot more style.  Firefox just does basic highlighting, Safari’s is slightly animated, and pops out some.  It also greys out the rest of the page so the searched term really stands out.  Huge improvement?  Not really, but a nice touch.  Oh, and for the record, it’s a WORLD better than IE7 which still doesn’t seem to have an inline search, or if it does it isn’t on by default and I haven’t found it yet.

Otherwise, it’s pretty much your standard modern browser.  If you’re an OSX user, you’ll love it, if you’re a Windows user, you can be confident that it’s better than IE7.  But if you’re a windows user on Firefox, I’m not quite sure there’s enough to make you switch. 


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