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Safari for Windows

June 11th, 2007 at 8:19 PM (10 years ago) by Matt Freedman

Apple has released a Public Beta of Safari… for Windows! That’s right, Safari, made by Apple and the default Browser for MacOS, is now available for Windows.

This comes as quite a shock to me, especially since Safari is well known for it’s horrible JavaScript support. I mean, what are they trying to do, make Windows look bad by releasing a crappy browser for it?

Even Microsoft clued in and stopped sticking their Browser where it didn’t belong, and just sticking it where it does belong, in Windows. Now, Apple has decided to stick their Browser where it doesn’t belong, in Windows, and not just keeping it where in belongs, on a Mac.

Guess what, Apple, we Windows users don’t want your crappy Browsers.

Although, it it does have the same rendering engine as Safari for Mac, then it would be useful for testing your site out if you don’t own a Mac to test it on…

I suppose this might be useful for someone who uses a Mac, and when they come to Windows, at least they’ll see a familiar program…

You can download Safari for Mac or Windows here.

Apple also claims that Safari is the “world’s best browser”. Which is a bullshit claim, since Browser choice is based mostly on Personal Preference.

I actually saw this here, on the Symantec Security Response Blog.

Okay, I probably should’ve tried it before saying all these negative things about it, but, whatever. It’s downloading now. I’ll post screenshots later.

Update [June 11, 2007 @ 8:55 PM]: Okay, I’ve installed Safari, and, well, it’s not as fast as they say it is. I think IE7’s faster than it. Here’s a screenshot (click the image to make it bigger):

Safari for Windows Running on Windows XP

What do you think about Safari for Windows? Leave a comment, post in the new Poll, it’s on the Sidebar, or both.

5 Responses to “Safari for Windows”

  1. Gary Jones :: BlueFur.com
    Gary Jones :: BlueFur.com says:

    I agree. I didn’t rush right out to get it and probably won’t.

    I wonder why they would build it?

  2. Matt Freedman
    Matt Freedman says:

    It’s advertising for Mac, that’s all. They first hook you with a piece of Software of theirs for Windows (iTunes or Safari), then they start to get you interested in Macs, and then BOOM! You go to the store, see that Macs look pretty good, and spend well over a $1000 on buying a Mac.

    Of course, that marketing scheme doesn’t work on me… I can see right through it. 😛

  3. Tracey
    Tracey says:

    I don’t like the idea also. It’s just all part of Apple’s plan to dominate over Windows.

  4. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    I rushed out to get it, because as a web developer, it’s frustrating not being able to test with it. My first thoughts were “Ew”. If they wanted to use a non-standard interface, the least they could have done was a good job of it. It has that “Windows Media Player 7” feel about it, it’s not pleasant.

    I know it’s a beta, but surely they could spend a little more time polishing it into a killer app first, right?

  5. Matt Freedman
    Matt Freedman says:

    It looks exactly like all of Apple’s applications (especially for Windows). They don’t follow any of the Windows GUI “rules”, making the application look out of place on Windows. I mean, it doesn’t even follow Aero! Aero can kick Apple’s GUI’s ass anyday!

    I also don’t like that you can only resize the Safari windows at the bottom-right hand corner. It’s silly. Not to mention, that they’re using Fonts/adjusting the Fonts so that they look funny on Windows…

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