The latest beta version of Apple's Safari browser includes better support for Mail, iChat and Dashboard.

Safari 3.0.2 for Mac OS X beta, available now, features improved stability, improved WebKit support for Mail, iChat and Dashboard, as well as the latest security patches.

According to a security note offered by Apple, Safari Beta Update 3.0.2 incorporates the same WebCore and WebKit fixes that Apple published separately on Friday as Security Update 2007-006.

Other improvements include a fix in both Mac OS X and Windows versions of Safari that corrects access control to window properties to prevent malicious websites from cross-site scripting.

A Windows-only issue has been addressed that could cause a web page to change the contents of the address bar without loading the contents of the corresponding page.

Apple notes a variety of improvements planned soon for incorporation into Safari 3, including support for international users, international text input methods, advanced text, localised menus and help, NTLM support and more.

Apple introduced Safari 3 as a public beta during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco earlier this month. The software is the first version of Safari to be available for Windows - the Windows version was downloaded a million times during its first 48 hours of availability. Apple has already released one update that corrected security vulnerabilities.