You can now download a public beta of Safari 3 for Windows. My initial reaction was to cringe. The reason: iTunes. It’s a dog on every Windows machine I’ve used it on. Maybe it’s an unfair bias, but first impressions…
However, Apple makes some very optimistic claims about Safari’s “blazing performance.” Among them:
- ~160% faster HTML rendering over Firefox
And the claims get bolder when comparing against IE.
Feature wise, Safari has all the goodies I love about Firefox out of the box. The problem is that extensions are what makes Firefox really shine–well, shine and leak memory.
Essentials, every single damn day extensions:
- Web developer toolbar
- Tamper Data/Live HTTP Headers
- XPath Checker
- Selenium IDE
- EC2/S3 plugins
So, if I can think of my browser as just a browser and not part of my development environment, Safari could be an option. I’ll give it a fair go.
I guess beta really means beta. I get no text. Anywhere: