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Safari 3 – New Hotness

Apple dropped a bomb today and not only released a public beta of Safari 3 but also released Safari for WINDOWS.

For anyone who doesn’t understand the big deal here I’ll just put it this way: Prior to today if me or any of my computer geek/coworker pals saw a Safari window open on a Windows desktop we’d probably shake our heads, think we started hallucinating, and then slowly back away.

I have no idea how well the Windows version runs, but I’m trying out the beta of Safari 3 on my MacBook and so far it really seems like it has some worthwhile improvements. Tabs can now be rearranged by dragging (and animate while doing so in the usual apple way), the memory load seems to be much more under control, and overall speed appears to have improved noticeably.

The more I use Safari 3 the more little tweaks I find. For example, while writing this post I noticed that all major text input fields can be resized using the bottom right corner icon that appears when you click inside the field.

If you are using Windows (and the site stats say that at least 48.6% of you are) I can’t stress the following statement enough: Do yourself a favor and download the Safari 3 beta now!

Update: Reports seem to pretty varied. The Windows version sounds like it really needs some improvement (I hate to be the OS snob here but seriously, that’s not shocking) and the OS X version is still has the family memory hog gene. But, and this is a big but, it’s fast. REALLY fast. Not all the time, but you’ll definitely notice what I mean if you try it on a similar system (10.4.9 Intel with at least a gig of RAM).

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  1. June 11th, 2007 at 17:14 | #1

    Hrm. The only thing that makes me hesitate is Firefox’s ability to force many things to open in tabs instead of new windows. But, I’ll poke around and see if Safari’s improved on that.

  2. June 11th, 2007 at 17:17 | #2

    It does include an option for that in the Mac version. I’d hope it’s also in the Windows one.

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