Safari 3.1 released

Jim Dalrymple and Matthew JC. Powell
19 March, 2008
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Almost exactly at the stroke of midnight Tuesday (Sydney time), Apple released a new version of its Safari web browser for Mac and Windows operating systems. This keeps with the "tradition" this year of releasing or at least announcing products on Tuesday each week (Cupertino time). This one had the added convenience of not requiring too late a night for Antipodean Apple watchers.

Senior vice president in charge of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller was quoted in the release as saying Safari 3.1 "supports the latest audio, video and animation standards for an industry-leading Web 2.0 experience". Web developers will certainly appreciate some of Safari’s new features. Safari 3.1 adds support for the new video and audio tags in HTML 5 and now supports CSS Animations. Apple says Safari is the first browser to support these features. Safari also supports CSS Web Fonts. Touting its speed against competing browsers, Apple says Safari loads web pages 1.9 times faster than IE 7 and 1.7 times faster than Firefox 2. Safari also runs JavaScript up to six times faster than other browsers, the company said.

Safari 3.1 is available for free download from Apple’s web site or via Software Update.

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