Safari for Windows

I am currently writing this post on Safari on XP. The first thing I did was to check the navigator.userAgent js property.

I don’t know about everyone else out there, but seeing “Windows NT” and “Safari” in a userAgent property is something that I didn’t expect. It gives me both the creeps as well as a little excitement on what’s to come. Excitement would be more users submitting bugs to apple on this browsers crappy editable html javascript implementation, maybe this will get AppleWebKit to fix the bugs faster. What gives me the creeps is it gives me another platform our websites should run under… bittter sweet.

You can download the public beta here.

Update: It seems like most of the showstopper bugs are fixed with this version. With just a little push this very might well be a very good release.

UPDATE II: So I can’t maximize Safari on my RIGHT MONITOR… it just dissapears. Is that Apple trying to send a political subliminal message? ;)

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6 Responses to “Safari for Windows”

  1. Michael Says:

    I just got this from Joel On Software…spot on timing:

    Now that Safari for Windows is available, which goes to great trouble to use Apple’s rendering algorithms, you can actually compare the philosophies side-by-side on the very same monitor and see what I mean. I think you’ll notice the difference. Apple’s fonts are indeed fuzzy, with blurry edges, but at small font sizes, there seems to be much more variation between different font families, because their rendering is truer to what the font would look like if it were printed at high resolution.

    “Font smoothing, anti-aliasing, and sub-pixel rendering”

  2. cbrooks Says:

    I think Wired says it best: Who in Their Right Mind Would Run Safari on Windows?


  3. Jaime Says:

    Safari has been the rendering engine for iTunes in Windows for quite a while. My hunch why Apple released it under Windows is to get US to start developing for it, since even Apple users don’t use it.

  4. Michael Says:

    More action on this front:

    Browser wars: Mozilla exec calls Steve Jobs ‘out-of-date’

  5. Ben Says:

    C’mon guys, you can’t argue with the speed tests, it spanks the baby on everything else out there. Also, what part of BETA don’t you understand? I know you’re all used to the MS world where production==beta, but safari is an apple product. By the time it’s shipping as GM I venture to say that at least 1/2 of the pelago office will be using it as the default browser. And about the bugs, if you take the time to actually file something that isn’t fixed in the 1.0 release let me know. I’ll but a round at the brew co next time I’m in town.

  6. Jaime Says:

    I doubt the this browser will hit big on the MS world. I really just believe Steve Jobs is using the huge MS userbase to get developers and regular users to start using and developing compatible websites for Safari.

    As far as beta goes thats funny because not too long ago, Apple would file legal action to White Hats for finding bugs/vulnerabilities within their software. Its pretty funny that now they want MS users to find them! … its great they’re maturing a little.

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