Safari on Windows XP, Initial thoughts

Just downloaded Safari beta for Windows XP and was earlier writing this blog entry using it before moving back to FireFox.

The Javascript widgets at the blogs.sun.com editor do not show up as this is not a supported browser. I wish Roller would show the widgets on a best effort basis.

Upsides:

The rendering quality and speed is awesome. Absolutely blazing fast on my home DSL connection. And the look and feel is very smooth and pleasing. Has Tabbed viewing support. Renders RSS feeds on a site with a single click and looks very nice. Has popup blocker, and most features that FireFox.

Downsides:

Commonly used sites sometimes dont work with Safari beta on Windows. Seems to have problems with forms. Hotmail, YahooMail, did not work in my experience (to its credit, web 2.0 sites such as dzone.com, upcoming.org worked well).

On this blog entry being written on Safari, in the end it did not allow me to post the blog or save it as draft. The buttons just would not work.

I hope these bugs get addressed soon.
Looking forward to the final version. Wish Firefox were as fast and smooth! Oh well, a little competition is good for all products.

 

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