There are many software that Microsoft makes for Apple Mac OS X. Today I am going to do a short review of a freeware that Apple makes for Windows operating system. This article will tell you about the Apple’s web browser: Safari. Safari for Windows was launched a few years back and currently has a market share of around 5% only, but still … it is a browser with an amazing interface.
The Safari browser works like any other a normal web browser, and include most important features, preferences and a Private Mode too. You can select different fonts for your browser, from a long list of fonts – this is quite an amazing feature. When you open a new tab the interface for top sites and history is pretty cool.
Safari for Windows
Apple created Safari to bring innovation, speed and open standards back into web browsers, and today it takes another big step forward, stated Philip Schiller, Apple SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing on the release of Safari 4.
Yes, it is fast, but not as fast as Internet Explorer 9 or Chrome. When I open Safari, it sometimes changes my Windows 7 Aero theme to Windows 7 Basic theme.
There are many amazing features in Safari as you can get a full history search and a smart-looking address field. Under the address bar you can see the many bookmarks that are very useful while browsing. The full-page zoom feature is cool too. Safari uses Microsoft’s font rendering, title bars, borders, and toolbarsand this makes Safari blend in better.
One more feature that I like the most is ‘Reset Safari’. If you use it, it just removes all the browsing data and just reverts Safari settings to default – something similar to Internet Explorer’s Reset IE feature. The browser also lets you report bugs easily to Apple using its Report Bugs button.
In Safari, pages that you recently visited appear in an arrangement that is similar to, when you are searching for music albums and movies on iTunes. When you open history, it is viewed in a cover-flow format, which is really awesome. It supports HTML 5 and CSS 3 web standards that enable viewing very cool and high-tech web applications. The 5.1 version of the application has a support for iCloud.
I compared Firefox and Safari on my PC, Firefox nearly took about 55,244 KB of Memory and Safari took near about 114,386 KB of memory, you can see how much RAM it took. It even requires a large disk space; you can see the images below.
The worst part is that along with the browser, you also end up with installing Apple Application Support and Apple Software Update which occupy considerable disk space. Installing Safari ended up eating a total of around 61+2+42 MB of disk space, as can be seen below in the image.
Every application has some Pros and Cons, so here is what I think are the pro’s and cons’ of Safari for Windows:
- Very good interface.
- Support for HTML5 and CSS3
- Full History Search
- Smart Address field
- Windows native looks
- Safari extension gallery
- Requires more disk space
- Requires high graphics
- Occupies more RAM or memory.
- Windows taskbar displays its tabs as windows
Click here (link removed) if you want to download the latest version of Safari for Windows. NOTE: Apple has stopped supporting Safari for Windows. I suggest you try IE10 for Windows 7 or any other alternative browser.
Any of you using Safari browser on your Windows? Would love to hear your experience in using it!