Had a chance to try out the new Safari for Windows beta from Apple, and while I can’t say that I’ve spent tons of time with it, I will say that Safari on Windows replicates the feeling of Safari on the Mac.
I’m an extension hound, so I don’t think it’ll get me to move far from Firefox, but for those who are looking for an ‘apple-like’ interface, Safari is a good tabbed browser roughly on par with IE7 (from some very preliminary uses.)
The conventional wisdom is that Safari is being released for Windows with the idea that Safari isn’t really designed to compete with IE7 and Firefox (and Opera, etc.) but that because the iPhone uses Safari, developers can develop web applications for the iPhone in a Windows environment and make sure that the apps are Safari-compatible. Or, in other words, this is a way to get developers to develop for the iPhone without needing to release much of an API for it.
But for most of us, we’ll be trying out Safari as a browser, and possibly as a Web page writing platform (no more asking your Mac-owning friends if your CSS code renders properly on their computers!) There was one quirk I noticed – if you want to resize the Safari window, you must grab the bottom right corner to click and drag – dragging on the borders of the window does nothing, unlike most other Windows applications.