Safari 3.0.4 Beta for Windows

Experience the web, Apple style, with Safari: the fastest, easiest-to-use web browser in the world. With its simple, elegant interface, Safari gets out of your way and lets you enjoy the web, up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer. The fastest web browser on any platform, Safari loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2. And it executes JavaScript up to 2.8 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2. What does all that mean for you? Less time loading pages and more time enjoying them.

Changelog:

  • Latest security updates
  • Improved stability
  • Improved compatibility
  • Improved JavaScript and application launch performance
  • Resize windows from any side
  • New keyboard shortcuts
  • Additional font smoothing option
  • International text input methods
  • Advanced text (contextual forms, international scripts)
  • NTLM support
  • PAC file auto-detection
  • FTP directory listings
  • Link to proxy settings from Safari (Safari respects the proxy settings in the Windows Internet control panel)
  • Cookie management
  • LiveConnect support
  • Tooltips
  • Spell checking
  • Printing page numbers, titles, margins
  • For detailed information on this update
This is BETA software!, please use caution when installing it on your system
Download: Safari 3.0.4 Beta for Windows (XP or Vista)
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It took a few seconds to start up and after browsing around Apple's site, Safari crashed. It looks nice, but it needs hard work to make it stable for an everyday-use.

I tried Safari on my XP SP2 system, 1 GIG, AMD Turion64 1.8 system. I found that it was as stable as any other browser, and that it lives up to its claim of being fast. By fast, I mean it opens up pretty fast (certainly a heck of a lot faster than Firefox 2 does), marginally faster than IE7 or about the same. Browsing is relatively fast too. Its downfall though is that it's way too simple to satisfy any power user. It does the basics well, but you quickly start to miss the add-ons of Firefox, and the ability to customize it like Opera and K-Meleon. It certainly is a very nice-looking browser. The UI is clean and simple and very elegant (kind of like Gnome rather than KDE on Linux). But I don't think it offers anything compelling as far as choosing it over others on Windows.

Opera 9.5 beta (kestrel) kicks more. And from my own experience thats the fastest browser so far; with tons of features. U peeps might wanna try it out.

Does it still have the weird (non-ClearType?) font rendering and non-Windows UI conforming titlebar etc? Not that it really matters since I'd only use it for testing websites but it sucks that Apple is the only company that tries to push the Apple look to the point of having the software look exactly like on a Mac in every single way.

Simple question - is it any less buggy than the previous release? I'm actually a fan of the browser - in theory. The ideas are generally good, but it seems to have a pretty poor level of stability and this put me off a great deal. Also, did anyone else find Safari didn't respond to stanard mouse back/forward buttons? Didn't recognise those buttons on my G5 certainly.

Yeah, they have no claims of saying this is a fast browser at all. Opera, enough said. Opera on my old laptop, lets me browse the web ultra fast. I'm not impressed by Safari at all, I don't see any reason why I should keep it on my system.
I don't even see why Apple released Safari for Windows (I thought it had something to do with iPhone).

I don't use it 'cause I'm on Ubuntu but to my knowledge, I think it was released to website developers to test their site and perfect it for all browser. They released this for Windhoes since it has a large crowd of users and coders.

The one thing about Safari that bothers me to the point that I don't use it is the font smoothing. At the lowest level, everything is horrible looking. Any higher, though, and the fonts become way too "bolded' and smaller fonts become increasingly hard to read. I wish there was an option to use the clear type already present in Windows. It does a much better job, for me.

I hear ya. It's one of the things I noted in my blog. Best thing I could come up with is "Do not allow fonts sizes smaller than 12". Seems decent at that, but pretty lame that you have to do extra work to get web content readable. And it doesn't take away the cleartype.

DJ-Light said,
Fasterfox and you are done

Webmasters banning you from their site for using this bandwidth sucking extension and you are gone

Safari 3 and you are REALLY done

I like what Apple are trying to do. They've found a way to bring technology to the fashion world. <start>They're pleasing to the eye</start>

No, you are not quite right.

You are talking about internet speed but safari is browser-render speed and there are a real gap between Safari in Firefox about the render speed, specially if you add new addins to firefox.

They both take around the same time to load up. Browsing the internet though is a bit faster on Safari. But the lack of options/features and simple navigation aren't worth it at this point.

There are three main types of "Safari" people.

1. Those who have NEVER heard of it or have ever used it.

2. Those who use Macs and use it exclusively.

3. Those who use PCs (Linux or Windows) and respond with:
"Safari? Isn't that the web browser that boasts how cool it is, yet lacks most of the functionality, features, and stability of other web browsers?"

Is there a point to Safari on Windows? Is it for web developers to see how their pages look on a Mac?

When I'm looking at web sites, I rarely think "gee, I wish this page had loaded 1.6 times faster."

Pages load fast enough for most people once you get away from Dial Up.

What I like in my browser is functionality - and Firefox is king there.

How well does Safari block JavaScript and Ads? How well does it integrate online bookmarking like del.icio.us or browsing features like Stumble?

To me, Safari seems like some perma-skinned attempt at a browser on PC. Apple has a lot of work to do with it if they ever want people to take it seriously.

That's some lies ... telling us that Safari is the fastest browser just by comparing it only to IE and FF ? LIES !
They didn't even compare to Opera which holds "fastest browser" award for a long time.

SHADOW-XIII said,
That's some lies ... telling us that Safari is the fastest browser just by comparing it only to IE and FF ? LIES !
They didn't even compare to Opera which holds "fastest browser" award for a long time.

Completely right Mr.......Opera is a lot superior than this, euhhh, browser (If we can say that it's a REAL browser)....A msg to the Apple Comp. : "plz Leave your "browser" with you...!!!"....nuff said!!!

To Apples credit, on my systerm anyway (Santa Rosa 2.2ghz, 2GB RAM, Vista), Safari starts and renders pages faster than Firefox and IE, starts faster than Opera and renders pages virtually the same speed as Opera, if not faster.

And why don't you consider Safari a real browser?

Allows me to browse the internet... check
Allows me to download files... check
Access to secure site... check
History, bookmark, cookie management... check
Tabbed browser interface... check
Excellent standards support... check
Supports internet plug-ins... check
Allows me to fill my toolbar with useless bulls**t... negative (aww damm)

Holy s**t, we've got a web browser here.

virtorio said,
To Apples credit, on my systerm anyway (Santa Rosa 2.2ghz, 2GB RAM, Vista), Safari starts and renders pages faster than Firefox and IE, starts faster than Opera and renders pages virtually the same speed as Opera, if not faster.

And why don't you consider Safari a real browser?

Allows me to browse the internet... check
Allows me to download files... check
Access to secure site... check
History, bookmark, cookie management... check
Tabbed browser interface... check
Excellent standards support... check
Supports internet plug-ins... check
Allows me to fill my toolbar with useless bulls**t... negative (aww damm)

Holy s**t, we've got a web browser here.

LOL! great response to that moron. This new 3.0.4 version is awesome on Windows. I've made it my default browser over Firefox. It lacks a few features I liked about Firefox but overall this browser is very good and impressive. The new Leopard UI is even gorgeous on Windows!

The first beta was terrible. But this update corrects a lot of bugs and adds many new features. I can't wait for the final release for Windows!

" What does all that mean for you? Less time loading pages and more time enjoying them." yeah cause that half second makes my life so much longer

Um...What a really dumb comment. You're telling them to stop making it render pages faster because, apparently, when they do it, it doesn't matter?

Hey Apple, stop rendering pages faster and telling us that you're doing it because neufuse likes to complain over good things.

I always hate when the start an app on a new OS at a higher version... since this is the first windows version it should be version 1... but of course they want to keep it at the same level as osx..

Finally, a build that doesn't crash on launch. I've been waiting for this for months. Too bad it's such an eye sore in Windows XP (at least for me).

Too bad none of these statistics are correct.

Safari's window.onload event handler DOES NOT fire when the document is fully loaded.

So what does this mean to me? Frustrating web development.