Apple's Safari 4 Web Browser Available Now

As Apple continues to encroach over on the PC side, the company has announced its newest piece of multi-platform software: Safari 4. Hailed as the planet's "fastest and most innovative web browser," Safari 4 escaped its beta form this week at WWDC 2009, and yes, it's available now to download for Mac and PC systems.

Built on the Nitro engine, which handles JavaScript up to 4.5 times faster than Safari 3, Safari 4 also adds Top Sites, Full History Search, HTML 5 support and Cover Flow. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, had this to say: "The successful beta release helped us fine tune Safari 4 into an even better, faster version that customers are going to love. Safari is enjoyed by 70 million users worldwide and with its blazing fast speed, innovative features and support for modern web standards, it’s the best browser on any platform."

According to Apple, Safari 4 can execute JavaScript nearly eight times faster than IE 8 and more than four times faster than Firefox 3; as for page loads, it can reportedly load HTML web pages more than three times faster than IE 8 and three times faster than Firefox 3. Also of note, Safari 4 is the first browser to pass the Web Standards Project’s Acid3 test, which examines how well a browser adheres to CSS, JavaScript, XML and SVG standards that are specifically designed for dynamic web applications.

The browser is totally free for both Mac and PC -- why not give it a download and see how it compares to the other guys?