Safari 3 Beta – Finally on Windows

This year’s WWDC has brought a few interesting things: a new Apple.com website layout, the launch of the iPhone, the announcement of the near final Mac OSX Leopard, some updated Mac hardware, and last but not least (and the most surprising), Safari 3!

This time around, Mac is attempting to be a competitor for IE and Mozilla’s Firefox and delivering the browser, not only on the Mac, but on the PC as well! This is great news for developers that don’t have access to Macs as they are finally able to test a little bit on Mac’s browser.

This new release is boasting a few things:

  1. Blazing Performance – Apple claims: 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.
  2. Elegant User Interface – Nothing revolutionary…same old Safari interface which I’m not overly fond of
  3. Easy Bookmarks – Same old bookmarking that you see in IE and FF
  4. Pop-Up Blocking – A good feature…but basic
  5. Inline Find – A fairly sexy find feature
  6. Tabbed Browsing – Ye olde tabbed interface….it lacks the Ctrl+Tab and Shift+Ctrl+Tab that I know and love though
  7. SnapBack – SnapBack lets you instantly snap back to your original search results or to the top level of any website, even after you’ve browsed down a few levels.
  8. Forms Autofill – Nothing new
  9. Built-in RSS – Ok….Safari does handle RSS nicely.
  10. Resizable Text Fields – Cool…I guess
  11. Private Browsing – This is a nifty feature!
  12. Security – ….sure

I’m too much of a Firefox buff to switch…but it will be good to test on any box :) Thanks Apple!