Mozilla Firefox Quantum Promises To Be Much Quicker
Today, there are many different web browsers competing for our attention. Mozilla Firefox is one such browser, and if you use this browser, there’s good news: Mozilla’s latest version promises to be significantly quicker than the version available six months ago. Mozilla Firefox Quantum, or Firefox 57, uses what Mozilla describe as a new “multi-core CSS engine,” called ‘Stylo.’ Stylo works together with Mozilla’s new tab priority feature. This means that the primary (active) tab is given priority over hardware resources such as RAM and processor time. Stylo has been written to take advantage of modern multi-core chipsets optimised for low power consumption. The team have also cleaned up a number of software bugs that were causing performance issues. There is no word of how Mozilla Firefox Quantum compares with Firefox Focus browser.
Mozilla have also improved the interface by removing some of the visual clutter, and optimised how the browser works on high resolution displays; this new user interface is called ‘Photon.’ Photon was created following a research project within Mozilla based on studying how people used the web. The scaling engine has been improved and customers can also benefit from Mozilla’s acquisition of Pocket: open a new tab, and you see Pocket’s story recommendations together with links to your most frequently visited websites. Finally, another improvement is that Firefox Quantum now defaults to Google as the search engine for the United States and Canada, but the browser contains more than sixty search engine providers across close to a hundred languages. It may even include Microsoft Bing!
For many Android users, Google Chrome is the browser of choice as it is integrated into our devices – the browser currently has around 60% of the market, with Firefox sitting at 13%. It’ll be interesting to see if Mozilla’s significant upgrade to Firefox is enough to persuade people to try the new browser, but having watched Google Chrome’s market share advance over the last few years, Google’s browser seems unstoppable.