That's at least what Sam Allen discovered who used a software that he programmed to record memory usage of processes in Windows. He tested Safari 3.1 along with Firefox 3, Opera 9.5, Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and Flock and discovered a huge gap between Safari and the other four browsers.
His application recorded the memory usage of the browser every three seconds over a period of three hours each and the graphs show clearly that there does not seem to be an end to Safari's memory hunger. In the end Safari was using more than 630 Megabytes of RAM compared to 111 Megabytes for Firefox 3, 191 Megabytes for Flock, 190 Megabytes for Opera and 194 Megabytes for Internet Explorer 8.
The conclusion of the author is that "Safari on Windows shows extremely poor memory management [..] certainly a design that looks inefficient and seems to contradict Apple's marketing". Firefox 3 on the other hand seems to have memory efficiency written all over its face.
Update: When you open the home of the Safari web browser on Apple's website you will notice that the latest version is not offered for the Windows operating system. It is not clear if Safari for Windows has been discontinued, or if Apple is just preparing a release after the new version has been released for Apple Macintosh systems.
The Apple website hosts no official download link for Safari 6 which means that Windows users do not have any option to download the version of the browser to their system to install it on it. Apple Mac users on the other hand get a version of Safari with their operating system that they can update natively to the latest version.Advertisement
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