Friday, 24 November, 2017

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

Firefox's faster, slicker, slimmer Quantum edition now out Firefox's faster, slicker, slimmer Quantum edition now out
Sherri Watson | 15 November, 2017, 00:23

The search platform Firefox works with is up to the end user - you can set your default, as always.

A year in the making, version 57 of Mozilla's browser was rebranded to "Firefox Quantum" and pushed out to the beta channel back in September. To take advantage of its syncing features that ensure you can access your Firefox browsing history and other preferences on its iOS and Android apps, as you do with your Google account, you'll need a Firefox Account.

The wave of change isn't limited to under-the-hood improvements, Firefox 57 now features the Photon UI. The second thing you'll notice is the new User Interface (UI).

Firefox Quantum also benefits from a new resource allocation mechanism that was added in together with Stylo.

Mozilla is calling the Firefox Quantum visual redesign Photon. In a browser speed test video that Mozilla posted to the site, the new Firefox beat out Chrome in loading a few big name websites like Yelp and Shutterstock as well.

Mozilla today announced the public release of the latest update to its Firefox browser called Quantum boasting that it's twice as fast as the previous version of its open-source browser. The new engine has been parallelized and should be substantially faster, and Mozilla believes it can use its new Servo engine to enable capabilities like mixed-reality support far more easily than would've been possible in the old version. The most significant change is the introduction of a new multi-process architecture that allows code to run in parallel and improves memory consumption.

The Photon UI has also been streamlined compared to previous versions of Firefox, and is created to provide smooth and fast performance when browsing your favorite websites.

On the Speedometer benchmark, the pre-Quantum Firefox release scored 45, compared with 70 for Firefox Quantum. The selected stories are chosen out of the millions of items users are saving to Pocket throughout the day, and becuase of this Mozilla says, "they do a great job of representing what's worth reading and watching on the web". If you're not now using the browser, Firefox Quantum is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android via a free download. "Our designers created a system that scales to more than just current hardware but lets us expand in the future".