Why You Should Check Out The New Firefox Quantum Browser

James Marshall
November 14, 2017

Web browser usage share has remained relatively stable for a while, particularly for Firefox (about 13.1 percent as of October, according to NetMarketshare) and for Chrome (59.8 percent). Starting with Firefox 57, the browser will come with a slew of new algorithms baked in to make itself twice as fast as previous versions from earlier this year.

Firefox Quantum has a powerful new engine which Mozilla claims has been built for "rapidfire performance".

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.

The new version is available now for Linux, Mac and Windows users.

One of the most significant features Mozilla says about Firefox Quantum is that it's insanely fast.

Firefox is now worth giving a try, even if you are loyal to your Google-owned browser. You can download the final version today for free from Mozilla for the web, Android, and iOS. But since the last couple of years, Mozilla is working hard to give back Firefox the position it once had. Mozilla has also fixed hundreds of issues related to Firefox slowness in the past several months, adding to the feeling of a faster browser.

The non-profit organisation says development focused around sped, with a brand new core processor powering the software, alongside a new Stylo CSS engine and "Photon" user interface. To create Photon, our user research team studied how people browsed the web. "Our designers created a system that scales to more than just current hardware but lets us expand in the future". 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. A Library button gives you access to your saved content like bookmarks, your Pocket reading list, and screenshots, making extensions for these services obsolete.

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