Safari finally comes to Windows

Published June 12th, 2007

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). And finally it doesn’t have a JavaScript console, which makes it next to useless for development (unless your sites are entirely static). So you can check if it works, then if it doesn’t you can go back to scrounging some Mac time.

I received a pointer to this blog entry that explains how to enable the debug console (I’d already tried something similar but hadn’t found the right file to edit). It’s not exactly Firebug but it does at least make it feasible to test JavaScript.

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).

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  1. Michael on July 5, 2007

    I just installed the Safari browser on my Windows 2000 system and it works great. I also tried to get it to work on an old PC with Windows ME but this time I wasn’t successful. Anyway, it is really a good idea from Apple to produce a version for windows. So people who think about switching to an apple computer can already test some functions and will find out that this browser is much better than the Internet Explorer. So, a clever move!

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