Firefox Quantum with faster browser engine is now available to everyone

Firefox Quanutm release firefox 57

Quantum is a Mozilla project to modernise the core of Firefox that's been in production for over a year.

The only down side - or potential down side, if you consider it as such - is the addition of "Recommendations" in the Firefox startup page. In other words, it's a major platform that web developers target - even in a world increasingly dominated by mobile apps.

Beyond that, there are also three variations on the default theme, depending on whether you prefer the inactive tab to be the same color as the titlebar - in the default setting -, a more muted shade of grey, or dark grey, with the last one being particularly suited for work at night.

Those who already use Firefox should receive an automatic upgrade to Quantum after restarting their browser. This lower memory footprint is most noticeable when opening multiple tabs (which all of us frequently do), as users won't see a drag on performance or crippling memory and CPU usage that can often cripple Chrome. The browser, according to Mozilla and based on series of tests, is the fastest browser the company has ever released-and that's stating the fact. For quite a long time, Firefox utilized Yahoo as a default, however it additionally offered Google and Bing as option choices, yet it as of late ended its agreement with Yahoo, as indicated by an email explanation from Mozilla. Firefox should now make better used of multi-threading and GPU acceleration where applicable, and should use significantly less memory. The redesign is part of a larger Mozilla initiative called Photon, an effort by the company to unify and modernize the appearance of everything Firefox.

Quantum comes with a visual refresh to give you modern look and feel.

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. To create Photon, our user research team studied how people browsed the web.

And out of the box, it looks great, is super fast, and quite responsive. You can expect square tabs, a dark color scheme, smooth animations, and a restructuring of menus.

There's also support for WebVR and WASM, saving to Pocket - which Mozilla acquired at the end of February -, and a new Library feature which brings all your Pocket saves and bookmarks in one place, for easy use.

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