I scooted over to my Windows computer, did the quick download, and took this screen-shot:
Now, some people are downplaying the importance of this change, but for some people it’s very helpful – such as web developers. While it will not be a perfect rendering of websites in Safari on Mac (as most people currently use it) it will give web developers a glimpse at how sites probably show on Mac computers if they do not have one. Of course, on the flip side – there’s now a new browser variant that needs must be tested for.
On a business level, it’s downright smart. With Mac users growing, this gives Apple an opportunity to grab a few Windows users who want to get a ‘glimpse’ of what computing on a Mac (or at least web surfing) might be like. As a free download, it might be enough to give a little nudge in the Safari user base. I don’t think it will make a huge difference, or at least not quickly, but having access to alternatives is always good for users.
So, download it, try it, use it, test with it. But… keep in mind this is a BETA release. Which means that there are probably still issues to overcome, as this post rant on a message board talks about when it was discovered that there were security issues with the new Safari.
By the by… the main Apple site got a facelift in preparation for the release of the new Mac OS X Leopard. Very slick looking and nice graphic look to it all – though its a bit of a wait to load with all the new graphics (even on my cable modem).