February 18, 2012, 8:02 PM —
Though Safari didn't receive as huge an overhaul in Mountain Lion as other OS X apps have, it still got some love from the folks in Cupertino. Refined search interfaces, sharing integration, and clear-cut password storage are just three of the things you have to look forward to come this summer--here are a few brief impressions of Safari's new features.
A new look
Those who favor the "one big search bar" approach to surfing the Web will be pleased to see that Safari's toolbar has taken just that cue: The browser now sports a single lengthy field that can be used to type in a URL; pull up the top result in your selected search engine from a keyword; or search the Web, your bookmarks and history, or within the page itself. URLs themselves have taken on a slightly Chrome-esque look, automatically removing the "http://" at the beginning of the link and graying everything in the URL following the root domain.
To the left of this bar is Mountain Lion's new Share button, which you'll see popping up just about everywhere in the operating system when it launches later this year. Share in Safari currently only offers adding to your Reading List, adding a bookmark, emailing the page, iMessaging the link, or sending a tweet about it; Apple may expand this list at some point in the future, but there's currently no way I could see to customize it.