Firefox Quantum Doubles the Speed and Gets into Starting Position to Compete with Google Chrome

According to Mozilla, the new version of Firefox is going to be so much better than earlier versions that a fresh new name and a simplified, slicker logo are in order. Welcome to Firefox Quantum.

“It’s going to be more exciting for the next year than any other browser,” said Vice President of Firefox Product Nick Nguyen. “We rethought the architecture for how a browser should work.”

Scheduled to launch November 14, 2017, version 57 of the popular browser is said to be 2x faster than its predecessor and use up to 30 percent less memory than Google Chrome, the main competitor of Firefox, which currently accounts for 55 percent of browser usage around the globe.

Firefox Quantum boasts double the speed and a much lower level of memory use than its predecessor. Image credit: Mozilla via, CC0 Public Domain.

Among new features you’ll find Quantum Flow, which addresses a number of performance bugs, and Quantum CSS, designed to speed up website formatting.

On the “outside”, Quantum also sports a fresh user interface, called Photon, which does away with traditional rounded tabs and incorporates Pocket bookmarking to recommend websites you might like, and a nifty screenshot tool for smoother content sharing via email or Twitter.

Unlike some other modern browsers, though, Quantum will not go so far as to block ads by default or disable certain types of tracking technology used by advertisers and publishers to sniff out people’s activities online.

Another issue has to do with lost add-on functionality. Luckily, Mozilla is already on it. “All the hard work is happening now to get web extension developers the information they need,” Nguyen said. “We hope to repay that effort in the next few months by giving extension developers opportunities they wouldn’t get anywhere else.”

Meanwhile, to tide over its users during the transition period, Firefox will recommend alternatives to the usual add-ons before new products become available.

Hopefully, the revamped version of Firefox will go on to intensify the competition, thereby advancing the web’s abilities, introducing new security and privacy features, and speeding up websites and web apps.

If you cannot wait for the final version, you can already give the beta version a go on Mozilla’s website.


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