Safari for Windows: If you can get it to run

Mikey 5 comments
Safari for Windows: If you can get it to run

Just when you thought the browser market was crowded enough, along comes Safari for Windows. Safari's current market share is pitifully low at around 3%.

This is mainly due to Safari only ever being available on the Macintosh platform (until now) which is also at the lower end of the market sitting on less than 5% of desktops. The port to Windows will undoubtedly see the browser climb steadily.

Apple's Safari page boldly boasts faster HTML rendering, faster javascript performance and faster launch times. After a fresh install, Safari crashed for me on first launch, and every other attempt since. A work colleague also experienced exactly the same problem on a Windows XP machine.

Not a great start - 2 completely different machines and 2 different operating systems yet the exact same problem. I installed it on another machine here (Windows XP) and Safari fell over before it even got up again. Reports are starting to appear if the same problem, and some people have complained of a memory leak, with the browser nabbing more than 200mb of memory, a similar fate experienced in the early days of Firefox. To be fair this is a beta product and no doubt the issue will be sorted at version 1.

I am all in favour of having a wide range of choices, but as a web developer who is an obsessive compulsive W3C standards 'disorder', it is exceedingly difficult to get web pages to render correctly across all browsers exactly the same. Just about every headache or late night I have been up has been due to Internet Explorer's well documented pathetic standards support. Luckily Safari has very good standards support, so my job won't be that much harder if at all.

Download Safari for Windows.

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Mike Nolan

Tuesday 12th June 2007 | 08:32 PM

Works for me! I'm quite impressed so far. I don't like the iTunes grey interface but some of the features are cool. The little slider when you view RSS feeds to determine how much is shown is a nice touch and search as you type is cool.

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Tuesday 12th June 2007 | 08:49 PM

I want it to work! I tried it on the Mac at the office and it's not too shabby. It's also the only reason we have the Mac, for testing web sites on Safari. If I can get it to run on Windows we will be able to use the Mac for a door stop or something :-)

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Tuesday 12th June 2007 | 09:14 PM

Why not run OS/X on your PC?

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Thursday 14th June 2007 | 07:04 PM

renders pretty much exatly the same as firefox. Id not be suprised if those sneaky apple develpoers helped themselves liberally to the gecko engine ;) cheeky buggers. then again if we never need to deal with crap safari rendering that will leave only ie.. and our lives will become somewhat less enraged ;)

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Wednesday 14th January 2009 | 03:43 AM

I have to say I've always been amazed by apple products but windows always in my mind delivered a better product. Now I've been an avid Firefox user until a few days ago, apple suck it in within a Itunes update and I was like sure why not. I must say that the performance rate through real time browsing in both speed and performance is showing a significant jump in quality.

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