Jun 112007

Anyone who’s had their eye on the ball for the last year or so saw this coming.  Apple’s Safari browser was released as a public beta for Windows today.  In fact, I’m using it to write this post right now.  It’s not bad.  It’s a little jarringly disconcerting to see Mac Aqua-style UI in a Windows application, however.  Doesn’t really matter that it’s pretty — it’s woefully out of place amid the sea of ugliness that is the Windows UI landscape.

It’s also disconcerting that it looks so much like the Mac version (right down to using Lucida Grande for the fonts), but the window close/zoom/etc widgets are at the right end of the title bar, which is Just Wrong.  It would be easier to cope with if the window looked like a Windows application.

It’ll be interesting to see what effect this has on the browser space.  I think it will take a little time to tell for sure.  I do look forward to seeing some more impartial performance comparisons between Safari 3 and Firefox (and other browsers, I suppose, as well).  I always take with a grain of salt performance data from the publisher.

That’s just common sense.

 Posted by at 4:38 PM

  7 Responses to “Safari for Windows – Expected yet not”

  1. “It’s a little jarringly disconcerting to see Mac Aqua-style UI in a Windows application…” – I agree but it’s not that unexpected considering iTunes looks nearly the same on both platforms.

    I was more surprised that even the Preferences pane and buttons (OK, Cancel) were identical which was all that more confusing since I was actually running it within Parallels!

  2. Yes, I had the same experience — I was using it in Parallels too. Kept getting confused because the close box wasn’t where it belonged!

    While iTunes is identical on both platforms, Apple adopted a UI skin for iTunes that isn’t the standard look on either platform, so it’s somehow less alien on Windows while not being all that weird on the Mac either. I had rather expected them to either use native widgets or something in between on Windows as well.

  3. Well, unfortunately it just crashes at startup for me (Vista Ultimate in a domain network, web access via corporate proxy). Seems to render the app ok – as soon as it tries to load the initial page it crashes. Is there a safe mode at all?

  4. If you ask me, the greatest benefit is for windows web devs to be able to test their creations in webkit.

  5. I love the Windows UI landscape. I also prefer the Firefox UI because at least I can see that a tab is a tab.In Safari tabs look like they are just another toolbar item.

    Your blog theme, on the other hand, is horrible.

  6. I agree that being able to test in WebKit will be a good deal for Windows based web developers.

    pd — fortunately, I like the theme I’m using on my blog. :)

    I don’t understand people that like the UI in Windows, but I’m all for freedom of choice. :)

  7. Brendan — not sure if there’s a safe mode or not. Interesting to hear about the crash you’re seeing, although I’m sure it’s just the sort of thing Apple would like to know about!