Is Safari on Windows good for you?


So you start up thinking you'll be able to finer tune your web application on a shiny new browser and it seems you really end up debugging Apple's product instead. Once every so often, Apple releases very buggy software (granted this one is tagged as beta but with iTunes available on Windows for a while you would think they'd get the rendering right).

I like competition, but I don't see how Safari is helping and what it is bringing to Windows other than a content delivery platform for Apple to complement iTunes. I like and use iTunes on Windows but will not install Safari for the time being.

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I agree - and I'd call this Alpha not Beta. This is just yet another web browser compatibility headache for web publishers. I've tried the Safari 3 Beta browser and it malformats many popular pages like Amazon's sign-in. If Apple wants me to test their software, I'll be happy to quote them a pay rate, otherwise I'm about to click "Uninstall" and save myself the bother until they deliver something that works.

Posted by Kevin on juin 12, 2007 at 04:58 AM CEST #

The damn thing doesn't even start on my machine. Uninstalled.

Posted by Sanat Gersappa on juin 12, 2007 at 05:02 AM CEST #

On the other hand "standards support" is not in their top 12 list of reasons you'll love Safari... ;)

Posted by Alexis MP on juin 12, 2007 at 05:04 AM CEST #

Same problem here. Crashes whenever I even load it. Vista? Already uninstalled.

Posted by David Lenz on juin 12, 2007 at 10:28 AM CEST #

"This is just yet another web browser compatibility headache for web publishers. " That's the point: Safari users on Windows equals more Safari users globally, equals better support for Safari on websites, equals better experience on Mac OS X. Besides, Windows developer will build iPhone apps with Safari for Windows. And Safari works perfectly fine for me on Windows XP :)

Posted by Romain Guy on juin 12, 2007 at 10:38 AM CEST #

So nothing for developers or even the web as a whole?

Posted by Alexis MP on juin 12, 2007 at 11:18 AM CEST #

I'm going to mark as "worksforme".

Seems not everyone is having a bad experience with it - I installed it under Vista and haven't had any issues, as did the rest of the developers in my office. It's nice and fast, and it renders the sites I frequent beautifully.

Well, aside from the UI. I'm a mac user and even I don't think Apple should be trying to shoe-horn Aqua or the Leopard GUI onto windows users...

Posted by Tony Arnold on juin 14, 2007 at 06:14 AM CEST #

The main point of the exercise is to allow iPhone development on Windows-- most iPhone users will run Windows, I'd imagine, just as most iPod owners do, so it's a no-brainer really.

Posted by Calum on juin 16, 2007 at 04:05 PM CEST #

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