Computerworld: Apple’s Safari 3.1 fastest Internet browser for Mac and Windows gets even faster

“Apple released Safari 3.1 on March 18 with an updated rendering engine that makes the fastest Internet browser even faster,” Seth Weintraub reports for Computerworld. “On top of that, Apple’s new browser includes some features that reflect the future of the HTML 5 specification: offline storage, media support, and CSS animations and Web fonts. It also adds some needed compatibility and bug fixes, as well as some other new features that really make it a great everyday browser.”

“The interface and the user experience are largely unchanged from those in Safari 3.0. Under the hood, however, Apple has made some significant changes that it has pulled from the latest builds of the open-source WebKit engine,” Weintraub reports. “WebKit is the framework version of the engine that’s used by Safari. It is also the basis of the Web browsing engine in iPhone’s Mobile Safari, Symbian’s browser, the Google Android platform and Adobe’s new AIR platform.”

“I tested Safari 3.1 on my first-generation 2-GHz MacBook Pro with 2GB of RAM. In MooTools’ SlickSpeed speed/validity test suite, a series of tests that use popular Javascript libraries, Safari came out on top in almost every category on both Mac and PC,” Weintraub reports.

“Apple’s Safari 3.1 allows Web sites to specify fonts outside the seven Web-safe font families; these new fonts can be downloaded by the browser as needed,” Weintraub reports.

“With the 3.1 release, Safari has become the fastest browser you can use. If that isn’t enough reason to make a switch, its strong adherence to Web standards and rapid adoption of new technologies might make you think again,” Weintraub reports.

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More info and download links for Apple’s Safari Web browser here.

28 Comments

  1. Arial, Georgia, Helvetica, Tahoma, Times, Times New Roman, Verdana.

    Microsoft ass-lickers* will remove Helvetica and TImes from that list and replace with Comic Sans Serif and Trebuchet.

    *Such users are addled, blind, and can’t even understand ligatures, much less have the taste required to properly choose fonts.

  2. Microsoft plans to discontinue Explorer in the next version of the operating system.

    In the future, Windows users will access the web through a high speed DOS terminal based browser based on closed-source code.

    Windows users don’t need nonsense like Java and CSS animations. They just need an efficient way to download viruses and trojans to upgrade their OS with additional features.

  3. When I had Windows XP, I used Firefox. When I had Tiger, I used Firefox, but now on Leopard, I use Safari. Mainly because of Safari 3,and 3.1 now. I didn’t like Safari 2, for some reason.

  4. I never use safari. I hated konqueror under linux, I still hate it under OS X.
    Fix the crazy cookie handling in safari, getting rid of the all or nothing allowing whitelisting and I might give it a look.

    Firefox is still far superior to me.

  5. Dudes and Dudettes,
    I have waited for this moment for several years. Safari is faster on both my Macs than is Firefox and I have officially switched to it. I even dragged the Firefox icon off my Dock. And, yes…….it went poof.

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