Earlier this week, consumer electronics maker Apple released an updated version of its popular web browser, Safari, bringing with it a slew of new features.

The Cupertino Calif.-based firm said on February 24 that the new Safari 4 will be available for both Windows and Mac users.

The new browser comes with innovative new features including visual previews of frequently visited pages; Full History search, allowing you to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages and Cover Flow, an intuitive feature that allows you to easily flip through web history or bookmarks.

Safari 4 is able to execute JavaScript up to 30 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and more than three times faster than Firefox 3, Apple claims. It also includes HTML 5 support for offline technologies.

Safari for Mac, Windows, iPhone and iPod touch are all built on Apple's WebKit HTML rendering engine. WebKit was developed by Apple as an open source project and recently led the introduction of HTML 5 and CSS 3 web standards.

Apple's latest browser is available for free download at Apple's website.