Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Jun 2007 09:26 UTC, submitted by TB
Internet & Networking "Apple's Safari is making its way to the Windows platform with the serious intention of making a dent in the market. As brilliant as the people are at Apple, I can't help but laugh at their, to put it politely, delusion. Before I ramble on too much, here are my five reasons why Safari will fail on the Windows platform." My take: Safari on Windows isn't here to take over the Windows browsing market. It's here for the iPhone.
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This is so wrong ...
by MacTO on Wed 20th Jun 2007 13:31 UTC
MacTO
Member since:
2006-09-21

I agree with the people who state that this is a bad article that is little more than prejudices, but ...

I never really liked Safari, and seeing the Safari 3 beta made me realize why: aside from rendering web pages, Safari 2 was a very primitive browser. Now I know that people claim that Safari 2 has inline spellchecking, but I never knew about it because it is a hidden feature. So Safari 2 was pretty crumby for sites like this one. The search function was clumsy to use, and was only fixed in Safari 3. Worse yet, there was nothing to stop you from quitting or closing a window when multiple tabs are open which seems to be a fairly common issue.

Then it made me think more clearly about what Safari 3 still lacks. There is no real session manager, so you cannot save your state (which is important if you're working on multiple projects). The search field is still limited to searching Google, Google, or Google (not even Google Images, Google Maps, or Google Earth). And while the built-in RSS reader is better than the one built-in to Firefox, it pales in comparison to Firefox plugins like Sage (which will show me what I've read at the very least).

Which brings me to the biggest problem with Safari. Safari is very much a one-size-fits-all web browser. Firefox steps beyond that by allowing for plug-ins. For example: no web browser on the market is really suitable for research. But plug-ins like Scrapbook and Tab Mix+ (which has a better session manager) can help you make Firefox better for research. If you want a better media browser, there are extensions in Firefox to do that too!

Does Safari 3 have the lead anywhere? I like how it makes keyword search results much more visible. I also like how it deals with PDF integration. But I can fuddle along for the next little while without those because Firefox is more sophisticated overall. And I'm sure IE is too.

EDIT: italicized text added.

Edited 2007-06-20 13:43

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RE: This is so wrong ...
by Manik on Wed 20th Jun 2007 15:27 in reply to "This is so wrong ..."
Manik Member since:
2005-07-06

Reading you, one would believe it's impossible to improve Safari, that it doesn't accept plugins. I use safariStand to save state, for searches from the adress bar (g for Google, i for IMDB, wp for Wikipedia, etc.). Inquisitor allows to search Google, Amazon, Flickr, images and more. There are plenty of plugins for Safari.

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RE[2]: This is so wrong ...
by tyrione on Thu 21st Jun 2007 14:06 in reply to "RE: This is so wrong ..."
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

Safari 3 changes the plug-in options. The architecture has been completely rewritten invalidating many of them and eliminating some.

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