Lot's of people still use IE, because it was preinstalled. When WinXP updated to IE7, lot's of people liked IE7 and didn't consider to change their browser.
I don't think a lot of users will change to safari because it renders so nicley the fonts (so does IE7).
If someone considers taking another browser then it would be Firefox or Opera, but why Safari? It's only a small number of people who are developing websites and would need on a PC. And if your developing an a mac - is there something better than Firebug on Firefox? I doubt it...

WulfTheSaxon said on June 18, 2007

I personally don't think Safari is significantly faster than Firefox. Besides, Firefox 4 will introduce blazing-fast just-in-time JavaScript compilation with Tamarin.

And, as far as features go, I don't see that Safari has any features lacking in Firefox (with extensions).

Finally, on the anti-aliasing front, Safari's seems rather blurry to me. It's to the point of making everything look bold (and yes, I tried adjusting it).

Adrian said on June 20, 2007

A couple of points that I'm really tired of having to make:

1. Not all developers/designers work on Mac
2. Not everyone cares about the IPhone
3. Safari's support for JavaScript is appaling
4. Safari's interpretation of the standards has made it the Mac IE

Safari for the PC renders differently more bugs, more crashes less support for JavaScript. Oh and the page load speeds in my tests are only 1ms ahead on a single page and nearly 3ms behind in opening multiple pages. I'm no apple fan but this isn't even private alpha standard I expected a lot more, Instead I got nothing new.

I'm sorry but I'm growing really tired of this 'Apple have done something else the world must now change' fanaticism. Its a browser, one more to test and that's all

Peter Gasston said on June 21, 2007

Unless Apple make Safari integrate better with Windows, I can't see them winning many people over. It looks heavy and ugly outside of OS X, and doesn't respond to the Win+M shortcut to minimise all windows; everything else minimises, and Safari just squats there resolutely.

I think that any market share it does take will be at the expense of Firefox, Opera, et al; the majority of casual Windows users don't know what a browser is - it's just the thing that opens when they want to access the internet. And I can't see sysadmins dropping IE when there's no guarantee of long-term support if Apple decide to discontinue it. This release is mainly for the development community, and the dev community tend to not use IE.

As for speed, take a look at the FF3 pre-alphas; they've switched to the Cairo graphics layer and it's much faster than FF2.

Elliott Berglund said on October 03, 2007

If you think Firefox 3 alphas are fast, then give the Opera 9.5 alphas a try, blows everything out of the water, and it supports all current finalized CSS3 standards

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