Apple this week launched an updated public beta version of its Safari Web browser, and it's been making quite an impact. The revision boasts changes to tabbed browsing, searchable history, and a slick "most visited" start page. But it's Apple's claim of "world’s fastest web browser" that's getting the most attention – and scrutiny.
Safari 4.0 Beta has been available for free Mac or PC download since Tuesday. Here's a look at what people are saying:
Safari's new tabs
Macworld's Dan Frakes dives deep into the changes to how the browser displays multiple sites in one window. His write-up breaks down the good, the bad, and the almost-there of Safari's tabbed browsing experience. The article is worth a complete read to anyone interested, but here's the takeaway: the address bar for each tab, the address bar's reduced vertical footprint, and the new "handle" design cues are all good. The title bar's disappearance, the execution of some interface tweaks, and inconsistencies in tabbed browsing behavior – not so much.