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Hot Feature: Blinding Speed

This new version retains Safari's laurels as the fastest browser around—both in displaying HTML and in executing JavaScript. Here's what Apple reports:

Using the new Nitro Engine, for example, Safari executes JavaScript up to 30 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and more than three times faster than Firefox 3 based on performance in leading industry benchmark tests[...].

[...]Safari offers top-flight HTML performance—the best on any platform—loading pages three times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and almost three times faster than Firefox 3.

Additional speed gains are attained by using speculative loading to preload a page's style information, documents, and scripts.

Several sites that have benchmarked Safari 4 indicate that Apple's claims are valid. Claims aside, Safari 4 just feels speedy. Load lags that I routinely experience in Internet Explorer 7, for example, aren't as noticeable or as lengthy in Safari 4.

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