Dirty secret: I love Safari on Windows

It hasn't replaced Flock for me, but it's making inroads.

After bashing Safari for Windows when it first came out, I have to confess something: lately I've begun to rely on Apple's browser. Not for everything, mind you. But the more I use it, the more I like it.

The biggest reason: It's fast. It's faster to start up than Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Flock. And it's fast to load pages. Blindingly fast. Fast enough to make the Web feel more inviting.

I also like how it displays text. Sure it's using a non-standard font smoothing technology, but I think it looks great.

I don't like that my favorite plug-ins, Roboform and PicLens, don't work in Windows Safari. And I really don't like that there are security exploits emerging for Safari and that there's no open-source community to address them.

But when I need a Web page loaded up fast, Safari is often the browser I turn to.

Fast. Pretty. Different.
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Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.

 

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