Apple released a beta of their Safari Web Browser for Windows today. I like Safari on the Mac. So I downloaded and installed it.
Ran it. It opened a huge window that went below the bottom of my computer screen. I could see the title bar, and I could close the application, or maximize it – but I couldn’t resize it. The resize “handle” is ONLY on the bottom right corner of the application.
Sorry, Apple – that may work for Mac applications – you have trained your users that way. But you released a Windows application – it should work like a Windows application! I should be able to resize it from whatever the hell place I decide to grab it from.
You can’t win market share on a new platform by breaking the UI model of that platform. By choosing to write an Apple Application for a Windows machine, you’ve created barrier to entry – the pain threshold is just to high.
Uninstalled Safari in less than five minutes after installing it. Literally took me more time to download and install it than I spent running it.
I don’t want Mac Apps on my Windows machine. If you want to win me over, write Safari to the Windows UI guidelines. Make it work like everything else on my machine. I have too many choices for Windows-based browsers to consider using a UI-challenged browser.