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Steve Jobs is always good for a surprise announcement, although usually the media has got an idea of what is about to be revealed. Not so at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2007 in San Francisco today, where the Apple CEO shocked everyone by announcing that the much loved Safari web browser client would be made available on the Windows platform. What’s more, it is being made available immediately and can be downloaded as a free public Beta here.

Apple says that Safari is the fastest browser running on Windows, basing this claim upon industry standard iBench tests. Indeed, these tests would seem to suggest it can render web pages twice as quickly as Internet Explorer 7 and one and a half times as fast as Firefox 2.

Safari 3 features easy-to-manage bookmarks, effortless browsing with easy-to-organise tabs and a built-in RSS reader to quickly scan the latest news and information. Other Safari features now available to Windows users include SnapBack, one-click access to an initial search query; resizable text fields; and private browsing to ensure that information about an individual’s browsing history isn’t stored.

“We think Windows users are going to be really impressed when they see how fast and intuitive web browsing can be with Safari” Steve Jobs told DaniWeb, continuing “hundreds of millions of Windows users already use iTunes, and we look forward to turning them on to Safari’s superior browsing experience too.”

Safari 3 supports all modern Internet standards so users can view websites as they were meant to be seen, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SVG and Java. Safari software updates are delivered seamlessly through Apple’s Software Update application, which automatically checks for updates.

Requiring XP or Vista, 256Mb of memory and at least 500MHz of Intel Pentium oomph, the final release version, also free of charge, is expected to be made available in October.

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This new update is great, it makes Safari go faster than it's ever gone before. Previously I used Firefox because I found it loaded pages faster, but I *may* decide to use Safari if this thing runs well.

I'm curious to know how it runs on Windows.

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It runs fairly well on windows. Has some issues with speed (i think thats because apple always insist on using custom window borders and controls) but overall browsing speed is about 2x faster than IE7 and a bit better than FF. Fairly stable otherwise

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I've been putting it under a quick bit of testing pressure as I may be reviewing it for PC Pro magazine shortly, and have to say first impressions are good. Certainly there is a decent turn of speed when it comes to page rendering compared to IE7, although the gains are negligable with Firefox in my limited experience with Safari 3 for Windows so far.

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I might try it out if I hear enough good things, but so far I've seen more comments about Vista-ish resource usage

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It doesn't adhere to the user expectation model for Windows applications/browsers. No title bar, no CTRL-ENTER for automatic URL completion, no window resizing from any edge, and so on. If I want my programs to have Mac user interfaces, I'll use a Mac. Windows applications should have user interfaces that behave like Windows applications.

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it runs ok on windows, i tried it and the pages seemed to take longer to load, i just need to get used to the look and it needs to be faster.

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Has anyone noticed when it loads a page that it has to wait for the hyperlink images to come up before using the link. I like it but I haven't seen the speed boost between running FF and Safari. I think I might run all three for different reasons. FF is going to stay as my main browser because it provides the right amount of speed without making me wait for the images to come up. Safari will be used for business because of it's security. IE will be used as a specialty browser for sites that don't support the other two.

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I'm running it on Win2k just fine. So far the only time the browser crashed was when I tried to view this article. (but i've been using it constantly since yesterday without problems)

I noticed speed increases over FF, but if anyone's noticed the amount of memory Safari uses......

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