I finally got around to installing the Safari 4 beta. I have to say that it is notably faster than anything else I have been using. It smokes Chrome and leaves Firefox and IE in the dust. It seems to render everything correctly and, graphically, looks a bit more polished than previous versions of Safari for Windows.
What I liked
Of course, I like the speed…contrary to an earlier post of mine where I stated speed was not much of a factor to me. It is nice not to wait more than a few seconds for a page to load. It is even better when the page renders properly. I also like the Coverflow bolt on. I’m not a huge fan of Coverflow, but it seems to work here and is similar to a few add ons for Firefox and is also similar to IE’s quick view feature. I rather like the minimalist approach as well. IE and Firefox tend to get crowded in the upper quarter of the application.
What I don’t like
Those damn tabs. They are in the wrong place. I also don’t like the way it imported my links from Internet Explorer. I have not found much else that I don’t like. Yet.
After I have used the browser a bit more, I may post more about the experience, though I don’t know what more I can say. It is a browser, after all. Safari 4 works well enough to use on a daily basis, but I am still sticking with IE 7 for now. It’s my comfort zone, I suppose. Safari for Windows (and now, the Windows 3.1 version as well, see below) is a competent browser and if you like Apple products then you should love Safari. I am not a huge fan of Apple, but they’ve done a decent job with Safari 4.
(the screen shot was taken while I was playing with a Windows 3.1 skin using Stardock’s Windowblinds.)