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Apple launches public Safari 4 beta browser

Apple Safari 4 Browser

Apple’s highly anticipated Safari 4 browser finally picks the light of day. That’s right! An announcement from Apple reveals the launch of the public beta of the Safari 4 browser. Claimed to be the world’s fastest and most innovative web browser by Apple, the Safari 4 is compatible to both the Mac and Windows PCs.

The Safari 4 browser is powered by the robust Nitro engine which runs JavaScript nearly 4.2 times faster as against the earlier Safari 3 browser. The innovative browser will offer users a more intuitive and fun web experience with features like Top Sites, Full History Search, Cover Flow and Tabs on Top.

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The Top Sites function will allow users to experience an amazing preview of frequently visited web pages while the Full History Search will enable users to search through titles and web addresses along with full text of recently visited pages.

With the Cover Flow function, users should be able to effortlessly jump through the browser’s web history or bookmarks. As for the Tabs on Top feature, it allows users to easily manage tabbed browsing by making it easier.

“Apple created Safari to bring innovation, speed and open standards back into web browsers, and today it takes another big step forward,” remarked Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Safari 4 is the fastest and most efficient browser for Mac and Windows, with great integration of HTML 5 and CSS 3 web standards that enables the next generation of interactive web applications.”

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In addition to this, the browser also offers HTML 5 support for many offline technologies. The distinct attribute will allow users to access information stored locally in web-based applications. The feature also eliminates the need for an internet connection. The browser also offers highly polished web graphics thanks to the advanced CSS effects.

Other features of the Safari 4 include a smart address field that auto-completes web addresses, a smart search field that fine-tunes a user’s search, full page zoom that offers a close view of the site and a new Windows-native look in Safari for Windows,. With an integrated web developer, users can also debug and tweak a website to optimize it.

Users can download the Safari 4 public beta browser now for both the Mac OS X and the Windows systems from the Apple website. The browser is available as a free download.

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The browser is also available for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, though there are no details on whether it is free or will carry a price tag.

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