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Apple Safari 4 Beta

So this looks really interesting to me, though I will recall that Google Chrome did as well and now I barely use that. Still, something to at least look at. Ladies and gentlemen, in typical humble Apple understatement:

Apple Announces Safari 4—The World’s Fastest & Most Innovative Browser

Apple today announced the public beta of Safari 4, the world’s fastest and most innovative web browser for Mac and Windows PCs. The Nitro engine in Safari 4 runs JavaScript 4.2 times faster than Safari 3. Innovative new features that make browsing more intuitive and enjoyable include Top Sites, for a stunning visual preview of frequently visited pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; Cover Flow, to easily flip through web history or bookmarks; and Tabs on Top, to make tabbed browsing easier and more intuitive.

Safari 4 is built on the world’s most advanced browser technologies including the new Nitro JavaScript engine that executes JavaScript up to 30 times faster than IE 7 and more than three times faster than Firefox 3. Safari quickly loads HTML web pages three times faster than IE 7 and almost three times faster than Firefox 3.

For Windows users specifically, Safari 4 offers some interesting features. First, unlike previous Safari versions, it actually utilizes Aero Glass, so it looks good in Vista and 7. (Finally.) It now users standard Windows font rendering instead of the super-high-contrast Mac-style baloney from before. And it integrates with the Downloads folder in Windows Vista and 7.

It looks pretty good at first blush. I hope they give iTunes a similar (long overdue) Windows-friendly makeover.

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