Computerworld: Apple’s Safari is best Web browser for Mac users

“If you’re reading this browser roundup on any of Apple Computer Inc.’s laptops or desktops, chances are good that you’re doing so with Apple’s own Safari Web browser,” Ken Mingis reports for Computerworld.

“The nice thing about Safari, which is now up to Version 2.0.4 and will be updated yet again early next year when Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard,’ is that it comes out of the box with just about every feature you’ll need to cruise along on the Web safely and securely. It’s also only for Macs, so Windows and Linux fans, you’re out of luck,” Mingis reports.

“Safari’s Web rendering is based on the KDE project’s open-source KHTML layout engine, and I’ve found it to be as fast as any other browser in Mac land,” Mingis reports. “Think easy. Think intuitive.”

Mingis reports, “Safari emerged in Apple land in January 2003 [and] having Apple’s developers come up with their own take on browsing was a godsend.”

“Of course, what matters is how well an application works. And Apple has gotten the little things right in Safari,” Mingis reports.

Mingis covers various Safari features in his full article, “Safari: Tops for Macs,” here.

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Apple’s Safari browser market share up 53-percent year-over-year, shows accelerating growth – November 01, 2006
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Three new Safari 3.0 tricks produce Mac OS X Leopard lust – October 05, 2006
Moving Microsoft Internet Explorer Favorites to Apple Safari Bookmarks when you switch – June 08, 2006

43 Comments

  1. I used to venture from Safari for short periods, but found I preferred the look and behaviour of Safari more any any other browser. It has the best, most accurate rendering engine (first browser to pass the Acid2 test!), and looks and feels like a real Mac application. Many of the others either look/feel like cheap ports or cheap knockoffs. I also encourage people to use Safari so web developers will see more people using it and work harder to support open web standards. Other browsers try to mimic IE either in their identifier strings or in their web rendering engines which does not help promote open standards.

    DO NOT SPOOF IE! It will only make web developers keep writing IE only compliant web sites!

  2. Safari is nice for autoinstalling widgets and such, but I prefer Firefox 2.0 especially since my campus likes to use it for tech support. I mean don’t get me wrong Safari is a wonderful app, it’s just for those of us that have to flip between OS X and Winblows at least firefox stays constant between the two (as far as prefs and settings). On a small tangent, spend enough time in OS X and you get spoiled. I instinctively went to trigger Expose, then realized that i was workin in XP *doh!* Personally I’d say support multiple browsers, each has it’s advantage, and I guess it depends on opinion too.

  3. I tried Omniweb during last month’s $9.95 special, and now I’m hooked. It’s the fastest by far (yes, I’ve used Firefox, Opera and Camino), and the ability to customize individual websites is a real joy. Now I can modify ad blocking behavior where needed. Saft brings ad blocking to Safari, but it’s a sledgehammer approach that often blocks necessary elements (for example: video streams on NY Times and CNET sites). Bookmarks are nicely customizable too. There’s so much more, spell checking, workspaces, etc.

    Never thought I’d pay for a browser (!!), but I’m glad I did.

  4. I’ve tried omniweb,shiira,firefox,opera,ie for mac,camino,icab,netscape, and i got to say i still love safari. Most of the features that firefox has you can find in safari in more convenient places. And you add features at pimpmysafari.com . Safari is simple, powerful, and logical. The kind of browser Spock would use. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue laugh” style=”border:0;” />

  5. I don’t think that Safari is that great. I find it sluggish and has particularly bad page rendering. I work off a DP G5 box with Tiger. I didn’t like Firefox that much till 2.0 came out. It became my regular browser, much quicker.

    Although, it looks like I need to try shiira now.

  6. “If you’re reading this browser roundup on any of Apple Computer Inc.’s laptops or desktops, chances are good that you’re doing so with Apple’s own Safari Web browser,” Ken Mingis reports for Computerworld.”

    The chances are nil because I use Firefox. This writer’s grasp of logic is as weak as his writing.

  7. I like Camino – very fast rendering and great, effective ad blocking built in. I also use it’s cookie handling/controls extensively. Again, they are easy and straight forward. Shares the same rendering engine as FFX as well.

    That being said, I do want to check out Shiira.

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