Today Apple released the public beta 3 Safari browser for Windows. I downloaded and installed it on my Windows Vista and browser seemed to work fine without any problems. Most of the websites rendered without any issues. Even though I didn’t like the way the browser adjusts the data to fit to screen as it makes it uneasy to view when it moves the contents over the page for the proper layout (I noticed this even with Firefox at times, but only IE does it clean)
Only thing that I noticed is, Yahoo! beta mail gave a warning that the browser is not supported and upon continuing I was able to view the messaged. But when I tried to reply a mail; the compose editor becomes blank. So, looks like some work pending from mail team.
Another good thing is it gives an option to change the default search engine to either Google search or Yahoo! search. There is no stunning feature in Safari which can take the users away from IE as IE 7 also has all most all the features that Safari provides. Only people who hates Windows/IE has another source other than Firefox now. May be it will take some share away from Firefox on Windows.
As it only released now; only few default plugins are provided by Apple for time being. And there is no customization for browser in terms of placing the icons or changing the theme yet. Not sure apple will ever support that. Atleast Apple should change the page title bar font and its background.
I also noticed that the safari crashed 3 to 4 times when I hit the back button on my website as well from Apple website. Also; the back button seemed to take longer time than IE.