Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 24th Feb 2009 14:55 UTC
Apple Apple released the Safari 4 Beta today. Features: Tabs on top. "Top Sites" 'Speed Dial' feature. "Smart" address/search fields. HTML5 Canvas. HTML5 Audio/Video (though no Ogg). Acid 3. CSS Animation/Gradients/Masks/Reflection. CSS Web Fonts. New "Nitro" Javascript engine - "Up to 4 times faster than Firefox 3.1". 'Native' look and native font rendering on Windows Vista/XP. I can think of only one thing: "Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station!"
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I had run Safari best optimized benchmark (SunSpider) against the nightly build Firefox and the figures show that Safari is with 15% faster than Firefox. Depends of benchmark Safari 4.0 beta runs from 2.5 to 0.5 of Firefox's speed.

It sounds strange that: up to 4x times is of course depending of benchmark and the figure. It may be said the same about Firefox as it runs: up-to 2x times in SunSpider benchmark!

The features I mind to get them are: Web Of Trust (WOT) extension in Firefox and AdBlockPlus which makes even OSNews or Phoronix much cleaner (yeah, we all love the adds) and removing them I think is the main jump-stopper to Safari. Is cool but gives no added value to Firefox. Even it's own theme cannot be changed as is possible in Firefox.

Seen, tested and uninstalled!

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