We hit the Apple site as soon as Steve’s keynote was over and kept hitting it until one of us got the updated version of the site. From there, it didn’t take too long to get to the download page — James won the cache/download lottery — for the Safari public beta. Soon afterwards, this was on the screen of my Windows XP box:
The installer took a couple of minutes to get the job done, but we finally hit this screen:
And then we were off to the races. I fired it up and hit Fake Steve Jobs’ blog…
A Couple of Observations
Safari for Windows looks even less like a Windows app than iTunes, what with its use of many Mac-ish user interface touches, from the use of Lucida Grande as the menu font, down to the Aqua controls in the “Preferences” dialog box, shown below:
This was one of the features that Steve was touting at the keynote. I haven’t pulled out a stopwatch yet, but I’ve hit a number of sites that always take more time to render and wow, does Safari seem to render them quickly! And remember, this app is so newly installed that there’s nothing in its cache.
It doesn’t recognize the mouse scroll wheel
Moving the cursor over a scrollable page and using the scrollwheel didn’t work in Safari for Windows. I then switched to IE and the scroll wheel worked just fine, and it also worked for Firefox.
Better-looking rendering of pages
Safari seems to render web pages in such a way that they’re more beautiful than the same versions rendered in IE and Firefox.
Here’s the current Global Nerdy front page as rendered by Internet Explorer 6:
Here’s the same page rendered by Firefox:
And finally, here’s the same page in Safari. Note how differently the text is rendered…
On first glance, I like Safari’s font rendering the best. I’m going to have to noodle more with Safari for Windows before writing more, but for now, it does seem pretty nice.