Firefox's faster, slicker, slimmer Quantum edition now out


Firefox Quantum also benefits from a new resource allocation mechanism that was added in together with Stylo. 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. Firefox Quantum scored 151 on JetStream compared with 144 for Google Chrome.

Firefox 57 introduces a revamped user interface that introduces several new features, including square tabs, "smooth" animations, as well as a Library that provides quick access to anything the user saves such as bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs and screenshots.

Called Firefox Quantum, this release is the culmination of months of work, including a recent beta test, meant to make Firefox speedier and more attractive. This is in the form of Project Quantum, Mozilla has changed the soul of their open-source web browser.

Firefox Quantum has twice the speed of the old version and uses 30 percent less memory than Google Chrome, its main competitor, Business Insider reported. Three years ago, Mozilla switched from Google to Yahoo!

What Dixon left unsaid was reported past year, when Recode and the New York Times claimed that the 2014 Yahoo-Mozilla contact gave Mozilla the right to switch to another search provider if Yahoo was sold. But with this Firefox Quantum update, Google will now be the default search provider for everyone in the United States and Canada - unless the end user changes said default, that is. The past few years haven't been a high point for Mozilla and its community.

Mozilla says they have doubled Firefox's speed since a year ago. Firefox once accounted for a quarter of the world's user share, but dipped as low as 8% in the summer of 2016. "The dominance of Google on Android, of Safari on iOS, Internet Explorer and Chrome on PCs, there's just not room for another browser".

Security and privacy are also a focus of Firefox Quantum. "It's a futile effort".

"Anyone who downloads this version, which is so advanced we call it "Firefox Quantum", simply can't help but notice the speed, performance improvements, and the responsively slick new UI", wrote David Bryant in a Medium post Tuesday.

"In a year from now, it will be the same all over again", Gold said, referring to Firefox's minor player status.