Apple’s Safari 5.0 browser has been released for the PC (and MAC) and it brings a few interesting features that you may be interested in.
First off, it claims to be faster so you can browse the web at ‘blazing speeds’. Well, that would depend on your internet connection, but the Safari browser is quite fast at rendering most web pages, I find.
Secondly, it has a Bing search option built-in so that you can choose to use this instead of Google, which is the default. I don’t know about you, but I use both interchangeably. If I am not satisfied with the results that I get with one, I will try the other.
Thirdly, and this is the one feature I like most, is the “Reader” feature which allows you to view certain text web pages in a Reader view, with all (or most) of the surrounding ads and formatting removed. When you at a page that will allow you to use the Reader view, you will see the following in Safari’s address bar (clicking the images below will open them in a larger view):
Let’s see it in action at WindowsTalk.org. Here is the standard full post view of an article here:
Here is the same article in Reader view:
Note the rectangular box that will fade in and out as you move the mouse near it. It allows you to zoom in and out, email the page, print and the X will exit the Reader view.
This feature is a handy one for those that do a lot of reading online for it allows you to focus on the article itself. This feature alone makes Safari worthy of a place on my desktop.
To see what else is new with Safari 5.0 and to get your free copy, visit the Apple Safari site.