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.”
Beyond speed, Safari 4 includes some HTML 5 support and new CSS functionality that web developers will notice. On the end user facing side Apple has taken a page from Chrome’s playbook with a Top Sites feature that shows users which sites they’ve most frequently visited.
Apple has also improved Search with a full history search that looks through web addresses and titles to help users find what they’re looking for.
“Apple created Safari to bring innovation, speed
and open standards back into web browsers, and today it takes another
big step forward,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president
of Worldwide Product Marketing in a statement. “Safari 4 is the fastest and most
efficient browser for Mac and Windows, with great integration of HTML 5
and CSS 3 web standards that enables the next generation of interactive
Safari isn’t just for Apple Mac users either. The new beta is also available for Windows too (though no Linux version).