Yesterday Apple released a public beta version of Safari 4, the latest version of their web browser and another step-up in the browser wars. I’ve been using it for the past day and I have to say it’s pretty cool – though it was a bit weird to see the tabs sit atop the browser (a la Google’s Chrome browser).
With Safari 4 Apple has introduced a bunch of new features (other than the new location for the tabs). Some of these new features include “Top Sites”, which shows users the most frequently visited Web pages, “Cover Flow” for flicking through your browsing history and a full history search, which not only searches through URLs and title of visited page, but also the complete text of the page itself. In fact, a lot of user exhanacments appear to be around the browser history and making it easier to get to your favourite web sites.
For web developers there is even more to like: new CSS effects, HTML 5 offline suport, and, of course, full Acid 3 compliance (a perfect 100 out of 100 score).
I have not had one problem with Safari 4 so far – no unexpected behavior, no crashes – however because it’s a pre-release version you do have to be careful.
Safari 4 is in beta for both Mac and PC, available as a free download from http://www.apple.com/safari/download/.