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Safari for Windows falls short of other browsers

updated 06:25 pm EDT, Tue June 12, 2007

Safari Windows falls short

While Safari for Windows is at least on par with Internet Explorer 7, it lags behind the Windows versions of Firefox and Opera according to a review from eWeek. Saying the browser is "too Mac-like" under Windows, the review criticizes Safari Windows for a lack of customization options, problems with SSL certificates and more while lauding it for simplicity in some areas and features like SnapBack. The review concludes "users should be careful in how they use this browser, especially as reports on security problems for the beta have already surfaced. In general, especially for a beta, performance was good, though in the current generation of browsers, performance is overall good and differences in speed tend to be very small."

The reviewer says that while Safari has most of the standard features that users expect of a current-generation browser, such as tabbed windows and an integrated RSS reader, more advanced users will find themselves wanting more when it comes to extending and configuring the browser.

by MacNN Staff




  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Most users

    dont have a clue what they want. Most users just open what's in front of them. Safari on windows is a BETA people that has only been released a day ago. Everyone is acting as if its been around for ages. Chill, it certainly is much faster than other windows browser and with the next updates all should be cool (as it usually is with Apple)

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wanting more of what?

    Speed is twice as fast as either IE or Firefox. Since this is only a beta I would have thought that the performance would have been less not more. It was built by Apple so of course it is Mac like. That's like saying the truck rides like a truck, very stupid comment. And the browser was made to be simple so anyone can use it. Not Windows like where you need to learn C++ to figure it out. Wanting more what? It's a browser for the internet and has all the features you need in my opinion.

  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969


    already hacked

    Safari for windows just got hacked. See

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HA! *snort* heh heh...

    too mac-like.

    bigotry at its finest.

  1. - - e r i k - -

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is it too much to ask that a piece of software conforms to the standard UI under the OS it's running?

    Us mac-users get up in arms if anything's slightly un-maclike. How many times have we complained about apps that are "too Windows-like"? You might not even remember the whole Office 98 debacle, but I sure do.

    For all my love for Apple, this is one complaint I can fully empathise with.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows standard?

    There is no standard interface for a Windows application. Have you ever bought a desktop publishing app for Windows? The things that makes it truly Windows is the security problems and the crashing. And people just love all those millions of options - is that why the Firefox developers spend more tjme concerned with what they leave out than what they add. Opera - king of options has exactly how much market share - less than 1%.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New Feature!!!

    Yay! I discovered a new feature in Safari 3. At the bottom-right corner of a multi-line text-box you'll find two diagonal lines, pull them and the window will re-size! Awesome! I don't remember seeing this feature mentioned anywhere.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: windows standard

    Apple has always been a standard windows app company. By that, I mean that they make apps that are non-standard, with crappy looking windows, installing icons EVERYWHERE, and installing software you don't even want and can't turn off.

    They fit right in!

    As for Most users just open what's in front of them. Safari on windows is a BETA people that has only been released a day ago. Everyone is acting as if its been around for ages.

    Well, that's fine. Which means most users won't bother to get safari anyway. And even though its a beta, Safari has been around for years for the Mac. The concerns they raise are problems on the mac as well, and not just a matter of it being "just a couple of days old".

  1. jvputten

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Too Mac-like"?

    "Too Mac-like" under Windows? What does that mean--it doesn't crash enough?

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "too mac-like" redux

    Of course it's very Mac like. That's the whole point. Offer the uninitiated a taste of the good side of technology. Pique their interest. I think it's a good strategy.

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