Firefox Quantum is ready to speed up your web browsing


Firefox Quantum is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology stolen from our advanced research group, and graced with a attractive new look created to get out of the way and let you do what you do best: surf a ton of pages, open a zillion tabs, all guilt free because Firefox Quantum uses less memory than the competition.

Mozilla suggested earlier today that they'd been spending a massive amount of time editing code between their most recent update and now. Firefox Quantum features a faster CSS engine written in Rust that runs quickly, in parallel across multiple CPU cores, instead of running in one slower sequence on a single core. Of course the company can't steal from itself, which means Mozilla tried to do a quick joke whilst announcing their new web browser. In a browser speed test video that Mozilla posted to the site, the new Firefox beat out Chrome in loading a few big name websites like Yelp and Shutterstock as well.

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The search platform Firefox works with is up to the end user - you can set your default, as always. As noted by ZDNet's Liam Tung, the release marks Mozilla's big push to win back users who may have jumped ship for Google Chrome. Quantum will also have 60 search providers pre-installed across more than 90 languages which, according to Mozilla, is the largest variety of search providers when compared to any other browser. That performance increase is complemented by an architecture upgrade that, according to the company, uses 30% less memory than Google Chrome.

The only down side - or potential down side, if you consider it as such - is the addition of "Recommendations" in the Firefox startup page. The Private Browsing feature will automatically block all trackers, and won't store browser history, the site said. It also comes with integrations with read-it-later service, Pocket. The browser has also been modified to prioritise the tab you are working on over all other open tabs. "They're curated from the millions of items being saved to Pocket every day, so they do a great job of representing what's worth reading and watching on the web".

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Web: Firefox users bouncing between work and personal accounts on a daily basis are probably exhausted of logging in and out, or switching accounts. Moreover, a new three-dot menu has been added to the URL bar, which contains shortcuts to copy or email a link, send the active tab to a device - using Firefox Sync -, or take a screenshot.

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum today as a free download for PC, iOS, and Android.

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Mozilla doesn't break out the exact numbers for Firefox, though the company does say "half a billion people around the world" use the browser. All the mobile browsers are getting is an update to their UI.