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As the Web-browsing world waits for Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer 8, Apple makes its intentions known with a hard push of Safari to new PC users and the growing list of Mac users.

As the Web-browsing world waits for Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer 8, Apple makes its intentions known with a hard push of Safari for Windows and Mac. No, the sky has not fallen, and we have yet to see the spontaneous evolution of avian bacon.

Much like iTunes, the Windows version of the Mac application works fine but lacks a certain tightness. It feels unfinished because it is, but its browsing engine is solid and has been independently clocked at speeds faster than that of Firefox 2. Still, Safari lacks most customization features. Skins and other aesthetic options exist in the Mac version, but not here. Font and Toolbar icons can be swapped around, but the Customize option is accessible only from the Menu bar so if you like right-clicking your way to a shapelier browser, Safari is going to make you feel fat and ugly.

Having a Safari to play with is great for developers, but we recommend most people take their browser hunt to more familiar grounds.

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