John Paczkowski

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Faster, Safari! Kill! Kill!

fikkjpgApple touts Safari 4, released as a public beta this morning, as the world’s fastest Web browser for Mac and Windows PCs, and after using it for a short time, it’s tough to disagree. Safari 4 is fast–three times as fast as Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3, if Apple’s typically hyperbolic claims are to be believed. That boost in speed is thanks largely to a new Nitro JavaScript engine (based on WebKit) that runs JavaScript up to 4.2 times faster than Safari 3, 30 times faster than IE7 and three times faster than Firefox 3, again according to Apple (AAPL).

Among the browser’s new features: an Opera-like Top Sites, which displays a mosaic of frequently visited pages; a Cover Flow visualization of browsing history that allows users to peruse previously viewed Web sites as they would albums in iTunes; improved tabbed browsing; Full Page Zoom, for a closer look at any Web site without degrading the quality of the site’s layout and text; and improved Windows integration that gives Safari a native look when its running on XP or Vista. Safari 4 is also Acid3-compliant, which means it has passed the Web Standards Project’s Acid3 Browser Test.


Notably absent from Safari 4’s new features list: further security enhancements, something that rival browsers have been quite focused on as of late and which Safari could clearly use.

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