When I read yesterday that Apple had released a Windows version of their Safari browser, I rolled my eyes. The last thing I need to worry about his how clients’ web sites display in a browser that uses a fundamentally different rendering engine than the two dominant browsers, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
I’ve worked on projects that required a "Safari compatible" web site and I gotta tell you, it’s no fun at all. Since the browser displays web sites often radically differently than Internet Explorer and Firefox, you end up spending a massive amount of time testing and refining the code to display properly in all browsers. It is just a phenomenal amount of work for such a tiny audience.
So I downloaded Safari and tried it out and so far so good but I’ve only used it on a few sites. Despite what Steve Jobs says, it just ain’t all that fast. It hasn’t crashed on me yet but I am apparently the exception.
Safari will apparently be the development platform for the iPhone; if that device takes off, then, Safari testing may become routine for anyone doing mobile web marketing.