Apple was widely criticized when it originally launched a very buggy and unstable version of Safari for Windows. Things have changed a lot since then however and Safari 5 has come a long way with introductions such as a new Reader icon for easier reading in one page, faster page load times and vastly improved HTML5 support for better video support and stability.
All of the original features such as tabs on top for easier page management and Cover Flow to flip through your bookmarked sites iTunes style have been retained too.
Lots of cute Apple touches
Safari was the first browser for Windows to introduce Top Sites which is one of the most eye-catching aspects of Safari. Top Sites shows a panoramic thumbnail view of your most visited sites in one screen. You simply click on the window you want to visit to go directly to the site. If you tend to visit the same sites on a daily basis, Top Sites is a convenient way to access them as soon as you open your browser without accessing bookmarks. It's also a good way of tracking which sites you visit most frequently and you can lock your favorite sites to one single position so that you'll always know where it is when you open Safari. Sites with a star in the corner denote those with new content so you can instantly see which ones have been updated.
Meanwhile Cover Flow will be familiar to all iTunes users, letting you browse through your bookmarks via full page spreads of the sites as they looked the last time you browsed them. The principle is based on flipping through albums in iTunes. Although this looks cool, its usefulness is questionable.
However, History Search is useful. Just type a word and Safari reveals every single page it has cached with that word on - very useful when you can't remember where the hell you saw the name of a particular person or game.
Additions such as Reader allows you to view all of your content on one page although there is no way to change the font. There's also a variety of search options for Safari's search field so you're not locked into Google.
Other handy features in Safari include Tabs on Top which makes it a little easier to access and open your tabs at the very top of Safari. You can even drag and drop tabs into another Safari window.
In addition to these, all the standard features in Safari remain. By clicking on the RSS tag in the URL bar, you can get a view of all the posts in a feed, which you can present chronologically and get a detailed or a title view.
Stable and user friendly
Safari has eliminated most of the bugs that originally made it awkward to use on PC and is now a very stable and user friendly browser. HTML5 support has been improved meaning you can now view HTML5 video in full screen mode plus HTML5 Geolocation features are now available to Safari users.
Not the best, but certainly the slickest
Safari lacks the plug-ins available compared to Firefox and Chrome but there's no denying that Safari brings a touch of Apple style and class to PC.