Safari 5.1 Now Available for Windows and Mac

I have recently updated Safari to 5.1 via Apple Software Update on my computer, and it seems more responsive on my computer. Web pages load faster, Top Sites no longer lags, and speed improvements on the reader. Let’s explore some of the new features. By the way, I’m running Safari 5.1 on Windows XP SP3. (Click the images to see ’em in full size.)

One thing I’ve noticed as soon as I launched Safari was a new icon next to the bookmarks icon, circled in red.

If you click that, it brings up the Reading List. Useful if you come across an article and want to read it later when you have the time, which is great because sometimes I come across an article, and I don’t have time to read it, I can add it there. Not a breakthrough feature, but it’s really neat though! Here’s my reading list:

And for the first time in Safari’s history, you can now browse the web at… fullscreen!!! Yes! It’s now possible! To enter full screen, just press the “F11” button on your keyboard. To exit out, same button. Here’s a screenshot with fullscreen on with the toolbar and one without. Here’s the one with:

Without toolbar:

Well that’s just some of the new features Safari 5.1 has for Windows. Safari 5.1 has more features on Mac OS X Lion such as hardware acceleration for HTML Canvas, multi-touch gestures, downloads popover and sandbox (Sandbox isolates Safari from the rest of the system, so websites with malicious code won’t affect your system). Safari 5.1 is available for Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Safari 5.1 is also available for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and of course, Lion. Safari 5.0.6 is the last version for Mac OS X Leopard which brings stability and compatibility fixes.


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