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Safari on Windows sucks!

Tags: Internet Explorer, Internet and the Web, Windows Vista, Software

Yet another It sucks post! Yesterday I installed the Apple Safari browser on my Windows Vista machine. I thought that it would be nice to use the fastest web browser in the universe to do some application/site compatibility testing without having to have a Mac OS/X system.

Yes it is a beta, so I won't complain about all the bugs and rendering problems (it might of course be the sites I'm testing but in some cases I don't think so) - I will instead complain on the ugly look and appearance of it.

The Window

Safari for Windows is a Windows application created by Apple for the Windows platform and nothing else. So, the window layout should apply to the Windows standards! The brushed metal thingies Apple uses don't work with me, that's one of the reasons I always disliked QuickTime. Resizing the window is only allowed in the lower right corner - don't like it either. Since I'm using Vista Aero it does not look good, no shadow nor transparency! OS/X scroll bars and all other OS/X stuff don't get me on.

If Safari is to be some kind of success and if Apple is trying a hostile takover of the desktop then make it look and behave like a Windows application.

Font smoothing

Yes I've read Joels post on why Apple and Microsoft uses different methods of displaying fonts on the screen and I understand why. But it does not look pretty - it looks like someone poured water on the screen and let all the liquid crystals float around and get all blurry! I get a headache when reading text in the Safari - it feels like I'm not wearing my glasses!

Safari blurring vs IE Clear Type

I just had to get all this off my chest, and I'm not alone having some troubles with Safari.

The future

I think Safari for Windows is here to stay and not just to create another browser war (remember the good old IE and Netscape) but to recruit (read steal) developers for the iPhone scene.

And now we don't have to get a Mac OS/X license to make website compatibility testing!

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  • Ryan said

    I don't think that it is so much that it is in beta, I just don't think Mac can do windows all that well. Sure, apple has several things right when it comes down to UI Design, but windows and Mac UI are different. Because of this difference in standards, Safari just doesn't look good on Windows. I think apple would be better by hiring developers for windows to create the UI for the browser. After all, their core is most likely C based so it is probably completely portable.

  • Trackback said

    Apple have now released the final version of the Safari browser to Windows, which has not gone unnoticed since they are pushing it as a pre-selected optional update to QuickTime or iTunes. I still ref...

  • Ralph said

    Why would anyone want to run safari on windows anyway. It just that if you want safari, get a MAC. I used windows for years, now I have a MAC, MAC OSX just blisters windows in terms of speed, reliabiltiy and ease of use. No pop ups, no lockups, no headaches. I even run windows on my MAC, it runs better than on a PC. Windows Vista is a complete rip-off of MAC OSX Tiger and Leopard. If you can't beat them, copy them.

  • Wictor said

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I do not agree with your opinions. I have no problem with OSX as such, but the Windows OSes fits me more. But I have a huge problem with the Apple lock-in (with SDK's, ITunes etc) - that really sucks!

  • oneml said

    Ralph, Where are you hello? Soon after Vista was released Apple released Leopard and all the Vista features that were not in Mac OS were ripped to Leopard (the time machine itself)and the translucent task pane and many more.

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