Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted Safari 3's speed as one of its most appealing features. But in tests by Wired News, the first public beta of Safari for Windows is actually slower than both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 when accessing Ajax-intensive web applications.
To test each browser's speed, I measured download times for the following test cases:
Time to download the login page for Google Mail
Time from login until the Google Mail index page appeared, with 50 messages, and all graphics and message status indicators
Time to launch Google Calendar and display two subscribed calendars