Latest Firefox browser update comes with huge performance improvements

Firefox Quanutm release firefox 57

There are a number of features that make Firefox Quantum a significant new entry in the browser wars, included its new CSS engine (Quantum CSS). But it lost momentum as Google Chrome, which is the leading US browser on desktops, gained new users.

And despite the constant knocks on Google Chrome, Mozilla has no qualms about the fact that Google is now the default search provider for Firefox Quantum in the United States and Canada.

Firefox was one of the fastest growing Internet browsers in the late 2000s.

You can set one up right when you open Firefox Quantum. The new version of Firefox is now available out of beta for Windows, Mac and Linux, meanwhile the new UI update is also available on Android and iOS. Mozilla sees the internet as a public resource, and just like recycling helps the environment, using a browser developed by a non-profit helps the free internet. According to Mozilla, Firefox quantum is roughly twice as fast as Firefox 52 from six months ago. Mozilla says Firefox Quantum also uses 30% less memory than Google Chrome.

"We call this initiative Photon, and its goal is to modernize and unify anything that we call Firefox while taking advantage of the speedy new engine", the team explained.

Firefox Quantum prioritizes the tab you're actively using - it downloads and runs before other tabs you have open in the background - and includes a new CSS engine called Stylo, which takes better advantage of multiple CPU cores that are optimized for low power consumption.

The name Quantum was originally the developers code name for all of the UI work, but as time progressed they realized that what they were working on was going to be a totally new product and thus needed a new name. We looked at real world hardware to make Firefox look great on any display, and we made sure that Firefox looks and works like Firefox regardless of the device you're using. If you're using Photon 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.

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.

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