On their download page, Apple touts the many advantages of Safari for Windows, although most of them are advantages only over the rapidly diminishing Internet Explorer 6. However, the top of the list promised that Safari would be, hands-down, the fastest browser. Well, it is. It’s amazingly fast. It also handles Flash exceptionally well. I tested it on some very Flash-intensive sites, e.g. marinewebservices.com and truckwebservices.com, and pages flew in, particularly when compared to Firefox, which seems to struggle with Flash in large quantities. (Flashblock is one of my favorite Firefox extensions.)
But the speed comes at a cost. Windows Safari’s CSS rendering is a shambles compared to its brother on the Mac. Positioned
divs overlap each other unpredictably. CSS-based slideshows don’t work. I was curious how it would perform on the Acid2 Test, since Safari for Mac earned well-deserved fame for being the first to pass it. As you can see from the screenshot, it rendered the test image slightly better than Firefox 2, but not by much. Something is clearly wrong with Safari.
I might make a more detailed inventory sometime, but for now, all I can say is another broken browser is not what Windows needs.
C’mon Apple. Keep doing what you do best… iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and … what’s that computer you specialize in? Oh yeah, the Mac. Nice job, that.