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Safari for Windows is (Probably) Dead: How to Migrate to Another Browser

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If you use Safari on Windows, we have some bad news for you: the new Safari 6 has been out for over five months and Apple has confirmed it will not be released on Windows.

Apple has also removed all Windows download links from its main Safari page, so Safari on Windows is probably a dead product. If you use Safari on Windows, you should consider switching to another browser – or be stuck with Safari 5 forever.

Exporting Your Safari Data

There are two important types of browser data you’ll probably want to take with you – your bookmarks and your saved autofill passwords. Bookmarks are easy to export, while Safari doesn’t make it easy to get your password out – you can’t even view your saved passwords without a third-party tool.

  • Exporting Bookmarks: Press the Alt key to reveal the menu, click the File menu, and select Export Bookmarks. Save your bookmarks to an HTML file. You can import the HTML file into any other browser from the Import Bookmarks option in that browser’s File menu or bookmarks manager. You can also double-click the HTML file to view the saved bookmarks as a list on a web page.

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  • Exporting Passwords: Download and run Safari Password Decryptor. Be careful to decline the junkware it tries to install during the installation process. Sorry about that, but this is the only free tool for viewing Safari’s saved password on Windows we could find. The tool will display your saved passwords and allow you to export a copy of them.

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Choosing a New Browser

There are a wide variety of new browsers you can choose from, but we’ll focus on the more popular ones:

  • Google Chrome: Google Chrome is probably the most similar browser to Safari. Both browsers use the WebKit rendering engine and have a similar interface. One of Safari 6’s new features is a combined address and search bar – Google Chrome has had that for a long time.
  • Mozilla Firefox: Once the alternative browser of choice, Mozilla Firefox is still popular and beloved by many. its best feature is its flexible extension system, which allows for the most customizability out of any browser.
  • Opera: Opera is less well known but still has a loyal core of users. It’s a speedy browser that’s come a long way in the past few years, now offering extensions and a simplified interface.
  • Internet Explorer: If you’re using Windows 7 or 8, Internet Explorer 9 and 10 are decent browsers – certainly better than the old IE. Some people would recommend giving them a try. One thing’s for sure – don’t bother with IE if you’re still using Windows XP. You’d be better off using an outdated Safari instead of Internet Explorer 8.

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Alternatives to Safari Features

Safari has some features you may miss in other browsers. Here’s how to get them back:

  • Reading List: Other browsers don’t have a built-in Reading List feature similar to Safari’s. If you like this feature, give Pocket or Instapaper a spin. They can also sync your unread articles across your devices, allowing you to read them on the go.
  • Browser Sync: Chrome and Firefox both have well-developed sync features that sync bookmarks, open tabs, and other browser data across your computers. If you use an iPhone or iPad, the Chrome app will allow you to view this data on your device. (Firefox only makes an app available for Android.) Opera has similar features, but lacks tab sync. Internet Explorer has the worst synchronization features of all – while some sync features are now integrated in Windows 8, Internet Explorer can’t even sync your bookmarks with IE on a Windows Phone.
  • Extensions: Chrome and Firefox both have well-developed extension ecosystems, although Firefox’s extensions can be more powerful. Chrome also has a large extension ecosystem, so you can probably find all the extensions you want. Opera has a smaller amount of available extensions, while few extensions are available for Internet Explorer.

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While Safari may have exited the Windows browser wars, there are plenty of good alternatives ready to take its place. If you really want the latest version of Safari, Apple would be happy to sell you a Mac – that seems to be their new approach.

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Connect with him on Google+.

  • Published 01/14/13

Comments (19)

  1. Mahm

    Finally i won’t have to uninstall safari in PCs that use itunes, this was one of the worst bloatware of all time.

  2. jim

    People actually use Safari?

  3. miry-mir

    migrate?! dig this shi T and use another browser.

  4. Rod

    If you’re using Safari on a Windows device please raise your hand. My friend Tommy will come by and hit you over the head with a tack hammer because you are a retard.

  5. John

    Really? That sucks! I guess I’m gonna have to go back to using Netscape Navigator.

  6. Hackintosh

    Been using Chrome on all three platforms for quite some time now. I don’t mind Safari while booted into Mac, but never did like the windows version. Chrome is absolutely wonderful at syncing everything, even from windows, to OSX, to Ubuntu…it’s all there where I need it. :) I never knew there were so many Safari haters though.

  7. john3347

    I was a fan of Netscape Navigator until AOL bought them – and quickly ruined it. I have tried a number of other browsers since then and have found that none of them, including the currently popular alternnatives, come close to Internet Explorer through IE8. IE9 is trash and I have not stooped to the level of Windows 8 and IE10.

  8. Gregg DesElms

    Safari for Windows was always, as far as I was concerned, almost virus-like in the sense that few actually sought it out, and nearly all who used it (yeah… as if) on Windows had it installed against their will as part of iTunes or some other bloated and treats-the-user-like-an-idiot Apple product, the writers of the installers of which arrogantly thought it was perfectly okay to include (and give the user no choice about) all manner of other software which had nothing to do with what was actually sought: Like Safari, for example, just to name one.

    Good riddance, I say. Other than to tell us that the Safari virus will no longer be in iTunes installers (which I never install, anyway, but I’m just sayin’), this is a non-story.

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  9. Jeff

    I’m sure all 4 Safari for Windows users will be disappointed.

  10. Areeb

    I used Safari once, didn’t really liked it. So Safari development for Windows is something that doesn’t affect me at all.

  11. Keltari

    Not surprising, since most people didnt use Safari on Macs either.

  12. Flamer

    Hm, there goes my way of downloading YouTube videos without an extension in Chrome. Not that I ever used it.

  13. Legend Reborn

    Nobody uses Safari on Mac as well. Google Chrome and Firefox is the best choice among all. Internet explorer will become died soon.

  14. Andre

    I use Safari on Mac and love it! It’s as fast, if not faster than Firefox or Chrome in some pages. As for Windows, tried it once, but didn’t like it too much. Maybe cause Safari and OS X are from the same company so they have access to both source codes and both can be optimized and better well integrated.

  15. Tim S

    Apple can’t write Windows software period.

    All their Win stuff is like some horrible kludgey virus :(

  16. Keith

    Safari is/was a piece of yak shit. Apple seems to have thought the name alone would make it fly. It flew alright. Right off my system.

  17. 1337

    @Legend – “Internet explorer will become died soon.”??? I don’t think so kid. IE9 is looking better by the day. Sure,people that don’t know what they are talking about will jump on the Microsoft bashing train, that is the sexy thing to do in tech world right? Safari has been the 1st browser to tumble in Pwn2Own and pretty much every other hacking contest every year.
    IE9 has cleaned up quite a bit and now supports HTML5, CSS3, SVG, XHTML, JavaScript, hardware acceleration better than a lot of the other browsers out there and has built in malware protection and tracking protection….
    All of that said, I still use Chrome, yet I think about using IE9 often.

  18. jepoy

    i think apple is envy on windows, thats why apple did not create sari 6 for windows. Why dont they also remove the itunes from windows and lets see what happened to the apple products like ipod etc…. sorry for my bad english

  19. Safarious

    I only use Safari on my PC. It never crashes, and it is way faster than Firefox, IE, or Chrome. All of those seem to freeze and crash even on my new laptop. Maybe I will check out Opera.

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