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New Browser War


February 24, 2009 11:28 PM PST


There is a new browser war brewing, and this time IE and Firefox are left on the sidelines. The new Safari 4 went live today and things sure have changed.

It looks like they went straight after Chrome and matched many of its top features. New Safari has:

On top of that they add a visual 'wall' top sites page, cover flow for bookmarks and history, native Windows fonts, real zoom (pictures and text). Some of the notable Chrome features Safari is missing such as unified address and search bar, application shortcuts, process per tab, re-sizable text entry field and of course that wicked cool download toolbar.

All feature comparisons aside there is one area (that I care about) where Safari beats out the competition...

Screen real estate.


Safari is on the left, Chrome on the right. As you can see Safari (with the bookmark bar off) hogs slightly fewer pixels. For screen space junkies, thats kinda like saying it goes to 11.

Comments (8)
John, April 4, 2009 09:42 PM:

Update: I pretty much have not used Safari 4 since I installed it. I still live in Chrome.

Gavin, April 5, 2009 07:38 PM:

I use Chrome all the time. I love it.

Paul, April 15, 2009 12:00 AM:

WebKit is going to win.

John, June 10, 2009 11:46 PM:

Well, the office Safari 4 release removed tabs on top and gives no option for turning it back on. That removes any slight temptation I had to use it. I am writing this comment from Chrome on the Mac.

J, June 11, 2009 07:44 PM:

I somehow missed this original post. I have the Safari 4 now, and I have tabs on top. I just open it up, and hit command-t a couple times, and get a couple tabs... am I missing something? They're drawn to hook to the address bar panel rather than the actual page below, which is weird but doesn't really matter functionality wise.

J, June 11, 2009 07:51 PM:

I just got Safari 4 and I get tabs along the top. Am I missing something? They're drawn facing up, attached to the URL bar rather than the page, but functionally they're on top.

Also, as a reminder - I came up with the idea to have graphical site bookmarks as the home page several years ago. I guess it's good to see them standard in Chrome and Safari. I tried the plugins for Firefox, but they were kind of heavy.

John, June 13, 2009 09:37 PM:

On top like in the title bar just like Chrome? That was how the beta was.

J, June 14, 2009 08:44 PM:

No, I was confused as to what you guys meant about on top. I never used the beta, so I saw no change. In some sense, tabs on bottom (of the url bar) is easier (closer) to mouse up and change tabs, it just doesn't make any sense at all graphically. The way it's drawn, changing the tabs should change the URL bar, not the page shown.

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