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.