With the Windows version out of beta, Apple calls Safari "the world's fastest Web browser" on both platforms.
Apple on March 18 released Version 3.1 of its Safari Web browser for Mac OS
X and Windows XP and Vista.
The company claims the latest version offers improved security and
stability, support for new Web features, and a significant performance
advantage over browser rivals.
Apple said its tests show Safari 3.1 will load pages 1.9 times faster than
Internet Explorer 7 and nearly that much faster than Firefox 2. Firefox 3,
which offers rendering speed improvements and reduced memory usage, is in the
late stages of beta testing.
include protections against
spoofed secure Web sites, cross-site scripting, buffer overflow attempts
Safari 3.1 supports CSS animations, video
and audio HTML 5 tags, and CSS Web Fonts.
This is the result of changes to
the open-source "engine" of Safari. WebKit is made up of
integrate Web viewing into their own applications.
Apple has made the changes available
applicable open-source licenses.
This version update also includes new features for users. Among these are
the ability to double-click on the tab bar to open a new tab, an indicator that
appears if the Caps Lock key is on during password entry, and a Developer menu.
Safari 3.1 is the first non-beta version of the
application. Although Apple's technical notes say Version 3.1 should offer
improved stability, some Windows users complained about the beta version