Firefox Quantum beta promises to double your browser speeds

New Firefox Beta Released With New User Interface, New Core Engine

The Next Web states in its report that while the new browser might not be as incremental a change as it claims to be, Firefox Quantum does take a major leap towards becoming a major Google Chrome competitor in terms of speed and performance.

Mozilla's engineers assure us that despite performance tuning often being in conflict with memory usage, Firefox is still able to use about 30% less memory than Chrome for the same work. Among the updates, says Mozilla, is the ability to use multiple cores - something Firefox hasn't done in the past.

At the time of writing, there are only 4,609 Firefox add-ons marked as supporting Firefox 57 on the Mozilla Add-ons portal from a total of almost 19,000.

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In introducing Quantum, Mozilla makes no secret of who the primary targets for the upgraded browser will be.

Over the past several months, Mozilla has fixed 468 bugs that were slowing down the browser.

"This improved utilization of your computer's hardware makes Firefox Quantum dramatically faster".

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Performance aside, Firefox Quantum includes a visual refresh, called Photon, that "looks and feels right at home with modern operating systems".

Finally, Firefox Quantum will introduce a new modern interface called Photon, which Mozilla says is better suited to today's high DPI displays. If you use Quantum on a Windows PC with a touch display, the menus change size based on whether you click with a mouse or touch with a finger. You can expect square tabs, smooth animations, and a Library that provides quick access to bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, and screenshots. When you open a new tab, you'll see now trending web pages recommended by Pocket users so you won't miss out on what's hot online, as well as your top sites. However, you can try it in Beta on desktop. No other browser can do this. The UI and user experience (UX) changes, derived from an ongoing project tapped as "Photon", also emphasize speed improvements, both real and simply perceived.

The "Share" button was removed. It's available in beta now for Linux, macOS, Windows, Android and iOS, but is expected out on general release on November 14th, so you won't have to wait too long to see the impact Quantum makes on the long-established browser landscape.

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And to isolate it against the background of previous versions, Firefox 57 the Assembly was given a separate name. But before that, we'll get Firefox 56 later this week.

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