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Apple Safari

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Safari is Apple's stylish, easy-to-use Web browser for its Mac OS. Safari for Windows lets PC users try Safari for themselves. Safari is a great way for Windows users to take a bite of the Apple since, as a Web browser, it can only be so different from the Big Three; IE, Firefox, and Chrome. We tried Safari 5 in Windows 7. Its new features include the Reading List, which collects Web links and bookmarks that you want to check later.

Safari's page layout shows how much Web browser functionality dictates form these days. Safari for Windows is plain but clean and intuitive, with many similarities to other popular browsers as well as some differences. For instance, the address bar searches the History rather than using your default search engine. Safari has a separate search field instead. The Settings icon opens an extensive menu that includes private browsing, pop-up blocking, Extensions, and customization buttons. One feature we really like is the Page icon that displays a menu just for the current page. The Bookmarks bar holds icons to show the Reading List, Top Sites, and All Bookmarks. Clicking Preferences under Settings opens a tabbed dialog with many more options, including Appearance, Tabs, Security, Privacy, Extensions, and RSS.

Safari has a good reputation, and we found it to be quick and stable. We started with some news sites, moving through some of our imported IE Favorites and finishing with some random searches. Unlike some of Apple's software, Safari is more like the competition than unlike it, with tabbed browsing, a customizable toolbar, and security and privacy options. Some things are missing; for instance, Safari for Windows can import Favorites from Internet Explorer into its bookmarks, but apparently the same isn't true for Firefox or Chrome bookmarks. You can always export your Firefox or Chrome bookmarks to IE and then into Safari, but being able to import them directly would be a better option.

At any rate, if you've wondered about Safari, here's your chance to see it for yourself.

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  • Current version:

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Is it also the best for Windows 8.1 !"

    December 10, 2013  |   By Rudi Namnick

    Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

    Pros

    wont be without!

    Cons

    Google, no way!

    Summary

    Let's check for the newest

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  • 1.0 stars

    "crap and more crap"

    November 22, 2013  |   By simply2sweet

    Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

    Pros

    there is none for me

    Cons

    keeps crashing and after deleted the software, it want come off of my computer

    Summary

    bad very bad I went back to IE , I know it bad too but aleast IE it not taking u extra space on you computer .

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  • 5.0 stars

    "BROWSER IS REDEFINED"

    September 15, 2013  |   By dhirodatta

    Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

    Pros

    A browser with the most fluid UI I have ever used. And after using this one, I wont say Google Chrome is the fastest browser.

    Best part is it wont confuse you

    Cons

    I am really trying hard to find some. After hopping around to too many browsers, I've found Safari. It haven't let me down.

    Summary

    I've been looking for a browser which is clean, not a clutter of unwanted functionalities, when you don want them in front of more useful ones...
    I have used Chrome, Firefox, Waterfox, Internet explorer, Opera, Comodo Dragon browser (A copy of Chrome) and finally Safari. I'm finally at peace

    1. Chrome is all great, but uses too many processes in the background, so hard to understand when to control any specific of them. Efficient use of memory is second best to Safari, because Safari uses your RAM about 500 Mb- 700Mb But ensures you hassle free browsing

    2. Mozilla, is great on add-on collection but mammoth on memory usage. Open a 20 tabs, and u are done for the day

    3. Internet explorer has the market share because it's the default browser, but when comes to handle multiple tabs, it sucks like no one else. And you want to personalize?, feels like a reaped naked interface with no idea where to edit stuff. Google search might help you.
    Worst part is, You find your add-on digging in the internet, to make it work like you want... voila!! it chooses its own add-on to enable. You wont even able to enable them (unless you are a topnotch windows geek)

    4. Opera is a GODZILLA of RAM usage, if MOzilla is the mammoth. you know what i mean...

    5. Comodo browser is a cheap, poor copy of Chrome

    And

    6. Safari. Its beyond the above all. Give it a try, have patience for 15 minutes to learn the UI which is not a mash up of the above jerks, stealing each other's features and even UI... you will love to use it. Every single thing, from full screen functionality to add-ons, its doesn't compromise on anything. Surely a premium browser from a premium brand. Give it a try.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crashes multiple times a day on Windows 7 X64."

    July 12, 2013  |   By J3J0nes

    Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

    Pros

    Works well when it wants to.

    Cons

    Every hours or so a message box will pop up saying "Safari has stopped responding." WIth the only option being to press ok and let it close completely. After that you must start it up again for another few hours before the same thing happens.

    I also noticed when you press the back button it will return all the tabs to the previous state rather than just going back one page on the current tab. YOu can however get around this by right clicking on the page you want to go back on and the clicking on "back" from the drop down list.

    Summary

    When it works it is pretty fast and it seems to be a great browser. However, there are still serious problems that Apple need to fix and have neglected. If they want any hope of converting all those windows and google fans across to apple products they should make their software more stable for a start.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It isn't "FAST", and doesn't recognize some sites."

    June 3, 2013  |   By denisespascual

    Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

    Pros

    The layout is nice.. simple.. colors are pleasant to the eyes.

    Cons

    I was entering a site @ Safari.. and it says "Not found" . I tried the link on Google Chrome and it worked. And, it isn't fast as the description is saying.

    Summary

    I recommend you to stay with Google Chrome/Firefox.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fastest browser there is kinda nice!!!"

    April 11, 2013  |   By jaymans

    Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

    Pros

    Everything about it's great

    Cons

    None that I see

    Summary

    Thought Opera was fast think I might keep Safari like it more fast nice browsers!!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worst. Browser. Ever."

    April 1, 2013  |   By derek8d

    Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

    Pros

    It's optimized for Macintosh users and it's simple to use.

    Cons

    It's lags CONSTANTLY. It got on my nerve so much, I decided to create an account and write this review on how badly it runs. There is never a time when I can get even 5 minutes of just smoothness and a lag-free environment. And I know it's not my computer's problem, as Chrome works perfectly for me, but, for various reasons, I am stuck to using Safari. And the worst part is, I use a Macbook that came with this browser. Simply said, Safari is a piece of crap.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Slow As Hell"

    January 9, 2013  |   By techcrazey

    Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

    Pros

    Works On Windows 7 Ultimate. I Wish That When People Left Comments They Would Let People Know What OS System Programs Worked Or Did Not Work On. Reviews Without Details Are Not Worth Leaving.

    Cons

    Laggy And CPU Heavy. Pages Take Forever To Load At TIMES.

    Summary

    Its Ok

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Did not work. Uninstalled..."

    December 18, 2012  |   By 5345637457845673

    Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

    Pros

    None. Did not work.

    Cons

    Would freeze after install. Could not adjust settings. Just flashed.

    Summary

    Back to Firefox.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's good, but not perfect."

    December 11, 2012  |   By VirusSupport

    Version: Apple Safari 5.1.7

    Pros

    It's fast, the layout is simple, and it has a decent selection of add ons. Good security is also a feature.

    Cons

    While it has a private browsing feature it doesn't give you the option to automatically start in private. The toolbar could us some color. Security is good accept for download security.

    Summary

    So overall the browser is good and while it needs a few fixes it is acceptable.

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