Firefox Quantum with faster browser engine is now available to everyone
Nov 14 2017 by Joanne Wise
Firefox's share of the browser market has shrunk dramatically, its once-dominant position chewed down to a minority. Firefox has remained based on an archaic architecture that offers noticeably limited performance next to its contemporaries.
Mozilla says Firefox Quantum (also known as Firefox 57) is the most significant release of the open source browser since Firefox 1.0 launched in 2004. Quantum is one of the biggest improvements to Firefox in recent times, though. At the end of 2011, though, Google Chrome's dominance exploded, overtaking both browsers easily. The Android version is trickling out slowly on Google Play and the iOS version (which is usually updated separately from the other platforms) should eventually arrive on Apple's App Store. It all adds up to a once-in-a-decade overhaul which Mozillaclaims will be "fast for good".
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Mozilla says that Firefox Quantum will feel speedier when you browse your favorite websites, thanks to faster page loading, smoother scrolling, and a more responsive user interface. Everything's flatter, more minimal and more modern.
Mozilla also emphasized its work on tabs. This update has taken six months, but the results seem to be paying off. It supports high DPI monitors so text won't look blurry on high resolution screens. Firefox Quantum will also prioritise the tab you are actively looking at over all others, so it will be smarter when it comes to allocating resources. If you've never used Firefox before, you'll be glad you tried it today. But since the last couple of years, Mozilla is working hard to give back Firefox the position it once had. "It's been a year in the making and our biggest update of code in over 10 years". "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". There's also a Library feature that provides quick access to bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, synced tabs, and screenshots. If you now rely on a traditional Firefox extension, you may want to hold off on updating until it's been converted to a modern WebExtension. Firefox refused to differentiate properly between two different versions of the browser, even when we consulted guides on dual-browser setup.