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Safari on Windows

I took the new Safari 3.1 on Windows, now out of beta, for a spin on my machine with Win XP Professional. In the first 2 hours of my surfing on Safari, I noticed a few bells & whistles but did not find anything innovative or adding any new value. Tabbed browsing, pop-up blocking, security - features proclaimed as things you'll love in Safari are basic things end-users expect by default.

The Spelling & Grammar option is a nice feature that lets you check them while you type. Safari's Find window sticks to the top like Firefox which sticks to the bottom but unlike the intrusive way it shows up floating in IE. It interestingly gives the count of search words found but lacks the type-ahead Find functionality that I love in Firefox.

Safari 3.1 is apparently the first browser to support the new video and audio tags in HTML 5 and the first to support CSS Animations. I feel being ahead of time can be a disadvantage sometimes. Where is the usable content to view it?

I noticed that although Safari identifies Silverlight, it does not support it well. For instance, the Silverlight content on the VS Express website does not go beyond the "loading" message.

Similarly it cannot play the tutorial videos on ASP.NET website built with Silverlight.

Hopefully these are just teething problems. Safari for Windows is a welcome addition to the current pack as it can contribute to the development of the browser ecosystem

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