Apple launches Safari 3.1 "world's fastest browser"

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Apple has just released version 3.1 of its Safari web browser, which it claims is the fastest web browser currently available for both Mac and PC.

The claim is that Safari loads web pages 1.9 times faster than IE 7 and 1.7 times faster than Firefox 2, and runs JavaScript up to six times faster than other browsers. It’s also supposed to adhere to the latest in web standards, making it highly compatible with a range of Web 2.0 applications. Added functionality includes new HTML 5 video and audio tags, CSS web fonts and animations.

No mention of any additional built-in security measures, now available in Firefox, IE7/8, and several other browsers. Also, the lack of easy customisation via plug-ins may still be seen as a disadvantage by power users who like lots of additional functions and features.

“Safari 3.1 for Mac and Windows is blazingly fast, easy to use and features an elegant user interface,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “And best of all, Safari supports the latest audio, video and animation standards for an industry-leading Web 2.0 experience.”

It’s available now as a free download.

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Andy Merrett

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