I downloaded yeterday the beta version of the browser, and at a first look I was not impressed. Feature-wise I haven't seen anything that other browsers like Firefox, IE7, Netscape or Opera don't already have: tab browsing, phishing filter, rss reader, etc.
In fact, comparing with IE7, Safari was worse:
- I got a first crash in the browser in less than 3 minutes of using it
- Font smooting on LCD monitors was making text worse to read, at least to my eyes
- Resizing the windows or zooming, caused elements in page to overlap, making the text impossible to read
- Sometimes the scripting was not working
So then why is this release a good news?
Well, Safari seems to be the first browser on Windows platform supporting color-managed web browsing for photo viewing. If you don't know what I'm talking about, download the beta and view this Web Browser Color Management Tutorial with both Safari and IE. With a color-managed enabled browser, the color of the photo in the right column won't change when hovering the mouse cursor over it or when clicking the picture. Safari will display correctly the pictures.
If you are viewing photos on web that have embedded color profiles (e.g. created with Photoshop), you might consider doing these tasks with Safari, at least until IE or the other browsers will support color management.