Yep, you heard right — Safari running on Windows. So at last us web developers that are
stuck with happily running a Microsoft operating system (it lists XP or Vista, but I’m reliably informed it’ll also work with 2000) can test our sites without having to scrounge time on a Mac.
My first impression was positive: it’s very quick, and seems stable. The anti-aliased fonts do look nice (I’ve tried it on other browsers before but never liked it, for some reason). I’m not especially fond of the grey steel-effect appearance, but well, it’s not a big deal.
Of course, it’s not that simple. First off, there’s no guarantee that it’ll behave exactly like the Mac version (although I suppose the same could be said of any cross-platform browser). Second, it doesn’t seem to support plugins (save these).
Well, it’s a start. I look forward to seeing it develop into a more mature platform in due course.
UPDATE: for those worried about the security vulnerability reports that rained on Apple’s parade, they’ve released a security update (available as a full download or, if you’ve installed it already, via the Apple Software Update utility that is installed alongside Safari).