Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Mozilla Officially Launches 'Really Fast' Firefox Quantum Browser

Mozilla Officially Launches 'Really Fast' Firefox Quantum Browser

On the Speedometer benchmark, the pre-Quantum Firefox release scored 45, compared with 70 for Firefox Quantum.

The Quantum name signals Firefox 57 is a huge release that incorporates the company's next-generation browser engine (Project Quantum). Dubbed "Firefox Quantum", the Firefox 57 update brings an entire visual redesign and huge performance improvements. But those were just the tip of the iceberg. The browser will also be available on iOS and Android. In other words, it's a major platform that web developers target - even in a world increasingly dominated by mobile apps. The newer version also uses less RAM - historically one of its pain points -, makes better use of multi-core CPUs and its previously introduced multi-process architecture.

Mozilla claims that Quantum is faster than Google Chrome on a number of popular websites, including Google search, Google's login page, Wikipedia, Bing, Tumblr and Shutterstock. Firefox Quantum sports a brand new interface called Photon that Mozilla has created to cement the impression of a more responsive browser. This lower memory footprint is most noticeable when opening multiple tabs (which all of us frequently do), as users won't see a drag on performance or crippling memory and CPU usage that can often cripple Chrome. It all adds up to a once-in-a-decade overhaul which Mozilla claims will be "fast for good".

Firefox Quantum is also said to operate at double the speed of a slightly older version of Firefox from earlier this year. Mozilla is determined to win you back.

The Photon UI has also been streamlined compared to previous versions of Firefox, and is created to provide smooth and fast performance when browsing your favorite websites. The selected stories are chosen out of the millions of items users are saving to Pocket throughout the day, and becuase of this Mozilla says, "they do a great job of representing what's worth reading and watching on the web". The company explained how when used on a Windows device with a touch display, it automatically adjusts the menu to suit how you might use that display.

The last change users will notice is the integration of Pocket, a product Mozilla acquired in February that serves up recommended content within tab windows.

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