Safari on Windows – First Impressions
June 12, 2007
As many may have already heard, at the Apple WWDC 2007 today, Safari for Windows was announced and can be downloaded here. The Steve Jobs Reality Distortion field gave me the following Safari hallucination:
I downloaded and installed the 8.0MB .exe file on Windows XP SP2 to check it out. A slide show of the installation steps, the browser itself and the preference panel can be found here.
Installation: The download executable was small. Installation steps were fast and painless. I’m not entirely sure of the consequences of installing/not installing Bonjour services, but whatever.
First impression: It does start up quickly. The first things I noticed where the primary “Bug” icon for bug reporting and the fonts. Browser fonts are certainly rendered/hinted differently than FF. Pages are displayed at least as fast as FF on Windows. Takes up about 46 MB of RAM for me for a fresh launch with one page. Then the RAM allocation goes all over the place (down to 10 MB, up to 20, all with not changing the URL. Merits a WTF). Widgets and screens have animations. The window decoration seems to be the updated one for 10.5; I only wish they’d drop the stupid jellybean motif on the widgets.
Conclusion: Seems like a good first effort. Will people use it? Maybe/maybe not apart from Mac lovers. Would I prefer a Konqueror to use on Windows? Yes. Am I glad to have another browser that promotes web standards? Yes. Do I have any clue how Webkit might be impacted and if KHTML devs are happy/peeved/indifferent to this announcement? No clue. None.