Much of the tech blogosphere seemed either really excited or really bored by Apple's announcement that it was releasing a new beta version of its browser -- Safari 3 -- on both the Mac OS and Windows platforms.
I was probably somewhere in between. Clamoring over a new version of a browser these days seems a little 1999-ish to me.
To me, a browser is kind of like my TV.
I just want it to work, consistently, and without a lot of effort on my part. It's now just a basic tool through which I consume information.
Of course, most days, I don't have to worry about how fast the bits come streaming into my Scientific Atlanta cable box (Macro blocking days being the exception).
Wired's already running speed tests to verify Apple's claims that Safari "loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2."
They're reporting the opposite, that Safari is actually slower than IE 7 and Firefox "when accessing Ajax-intensive Web applications." Considering the amount of Ajax and other RIA-centric pages these days, that's no small issue.
I figure I'll probably give Safari a whirl on my Macbook, but these days, I'm mostly a Firefox loyalist.
It's fast, it's lean (although getting more bloated by the day), it gets me the info I need, it doesn't crash a lot, and because of it's openness, I can pick from a wide variety of useful plug-ins.