Firefox Quantum

Author:Mozilla

Latest Version:60.0

Date added:2019-02-23

Leaping into the Future of Internet Browsers – Mozilla Releases Firefox Quantum

Firefox Quantum is Mozilla’s latest version of their popular web browser.
Additionally, the browser is known as Firefox 57.0 with improved speed, a better user interface, intelligent browsing and a beautiful design.

Firefox Quantum

Mozilla Firefox is a popular browser choice for surfing the internet. Furthermore, Mozilla’s mission statement is to “ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all”.  As a matter of fact, since its original launch as Phoenix in 2002, Firefox has maintained that commitment.

The latest version of the popular browser is Firefox Quantum. Not to mention, Quantum engaged the input of over 700 code contributors, along with 80 voluntary contributions. However, the expertise of the brightest coding minds are responsible for Quantum. For example, here’s a list of Firefox features that set it apart from other browser options.

What Makes Firefox Different

  • Mozilla is a non-profit entity with a focused objective towards maintaining a globally accessible internet. Tech people often refer to Firefox as the people’s browser.
  • From the very beginning, Firefox has concentrated on user privacy. Unlike most commercial browsers, mechanisms can encrypt data and stop data mining.
  • Toolbars, especially bookmarks, are one of the hugely popular features that set Firefox apart from other browsers. The level of customization of these browser tools is extensive.
  • The Open Web ideology is the motivation behind Firefox apps and extensions. With this intention, users can include apps and extensions, that transfer to all synced devices without having to repurchase.
  • The Flash Player plug-in is not built-in to the Firefox browser.
  • Firefox includes the option for a full menu bar that includes – File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, and Help.

What’s New for Firefox Quantum

  • The biggest improvement Mozilla made with the launch of Firefox Quantum was speed. Uniquely, making Quantum twice as fast as previous versions.
  • Toolbar customization has long been a priority for Firefox. However, the Quantum release has widened an already pronounced gap. For instance, there are 265,252,859,191,742,656,903,069,040,640,000 different ways to personalize the Firefox Quantum toolbar.
  • Quantum has expanded choices for search providers. As a matter of fact, Google is still the default search engine. However, users can include over 60 search options in more than 90 languages.
  • Changes were made to enhance the User Interface (UI). Consequently, through an initiative called Photon, Firefox Quantum their speed to improve the UI across every type of device.
  • Built-in support for WASM and WebVR to meet today’s and the futures gaming and virtual reality needs.
  • There were a number of improvements made at the browser’s core. In fact, a new CSS engine called Stylo has been optimized, even further reducing the power consumption. Finally, Firefox took the best rating for power consumption and made it even better.

The Bottom Line

Internet surfers who want a browser that uses less memory, speed and efficiency at their fingertips, need to take the Quantum leap. In other words, remove speed and performance from the equation and Quantum stands alone with respect to privacy and security.

Bugs are a natural part of any new release. However, experience proves that Mozilla will aggressively address all problems for the user experience, not their own bottom line.

Mozilla is hoping Quantum will get it more of the market share from Google’s ever popular, Chrome browser. They have good reason to believe it will. The improved handling of page loading, coupled with their intelligent browsing, means it uses fewer resources as you use it. As a matter of fact, this translates into faster page loads.

Firefox Quantum is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.


How much faster is Firefox Quantum?

You might be wondering just how much faster the latest version of Firefox is. Mozilla claims it is twice as fast as the previous version and 30% faster than Google Chrome. However, Chrome has been known to be a bit of a hog on your system. With this in mind, so it’s no surprise that with a focus on speed Mozilla was able to gain an advantage.

Firefox Quantum versus Google Chrome Comparison

Below is a table with data sourced from Laptop Mag that shows how Firefox Quantum stacks up against Google Chrome:

 Firefox QuantumGoogle Chrome
Browser start time0.287 seconds0.302 seconds
Memory usage194 MB179.2 MB
CPU usage1.1%4.0%

Try it out for yourself today and let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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Technical

Title Firefox Quantum

File nameFirefox Setup 57.0

File size38.6 MB

RequirementsWindows, OSX, iOS, Android

LanguagesMultiple Languages

LicenseFreeware

Date added2019-02-23

AuthorMozilla

Homepagehttps://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

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Comments

What do you think of Firefox Quantum? Have a question or comment? Leave a comment below.

    Brian Symonanis

    So all the improvements, the speed, the lightness of the latest firefox and flash is completely gone on this. Instead all you get is a link to html5 player and snowy video screens. Firefox is aggravating. Flash is dead but guess what? Firefox won’t play html5 either. What a reward for the longtime firefox user.

    Whit Bodman

    What is the difference between Quantum and ESR? I have both on my MacBook. Is one better than the other for specific tasks?

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