Among the top five browsers in today’s web-browser market, Safari, from Apple Inc, has a small yet dedicated bunch of users across the world. As of April 2012, the Apple Safari browser accounts for 6.5% of the web-browser market share, according to W3C global stats. While a majority of users run Safari on the Mac OS X and iOS platforms, Windows users are also exploring Safari as a viable alternative to other popular browsers of today. Does Safari have what it takes to challenge the likes of Chrome, Firefox and IE? Read on to find out.
Apple Inc. came out with the first version of Safari in January 2003. Since then, the company has released four more versions, the latest being Safari 5.1.7. In April 2012, Apple also released a developer’s preview of Safari 5.2 with interesting improvements over its predecessors. A key feature to look out for, in Safari 5.2, is the ‘iCloud Tabs’, which lets users sync tabs across multiple Mac OS X or iOS devices. This follows closely on the heels of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome introducing a comprehensive ‘sync’ feature to synchronize tabs, browsing history, bookmarks, settings etc. across multiple devices.
Installation and Interface
Coming to Safari 5.1.7, installation is easy, though time-consuming. The package comes without an uninstaller, so you need to use the ‘Add/Remove programs’ feature in Windows in order to uninstall the browser program, which also takes time, relative to other browsers. If you are an existing Safari user facing any trouble with the Windows version of this browser, get in touch with an expert for the same or browse the online troubleshooting forums.
Safari’s swanky User Interface (UI) doesn’t fail to impress, with the ‘History’ page displaying thumbnails of previously visited pages, laying them across as tiles one behind the other. To look through them, drag these tiles either from left to right or the other way round, depending on which thumbnail you’re currently on. The ‘Top Sites’ tab displays thumbnails of most-frequented websites Safari picks up based on usage patterns. You can choose to view ‘History’, Top Sites’, or another home page on startup.
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