The longstanding Google Chrome challenger and a very able competitor at that, Firefox is about to make a comeback if what Mozilla is saying about the new Firefox Quantum browser is true.
Mozilla has released a new big overhaul of their Firefox browser – called the Firefox Quantum – to the beta stage. That means it is ready for some test drive by users brave enough to give the beta software a chance.
For the enduring Chrome-challenger, the new Firefox Quantum might just be what Mozilla needs to oust Google from the top-ranked-browser-seat. A position it was rudely thrown away from by Google; perhaps this new software is Mozilla’s comeback.
The new browser takes advantage of the multi-core setups that come with most modern computers. Mozilla says Quantum comes with a new CSS engine written using its (Mozilla’s) Rust programming language. This feature gives it an edge over other browsers in the sense that it can work in parallel across multiple cores instead of working as one large process on a single core.
The new Firefox Quantum browser is also said to prioritize tabs based on the order you (the user) is using them. For the tabs that you are actively using, the necessary downloads and render will take priority over other tabs in the background. Mozilla claims this feature will make the new Firefox browser 30% more RAM-efficient than the notorious Chrome. It will also make the browser significantly faster.
Mozilla also assures users it has taken down 469 bugs that were bogging down the Firefox browser. That means it will no longer be weighed down by as many bugs as before, giving you a faster browsing experience.
As 4K display becomes quite common with mid-level and high-end computers. There have been reported cases where users have an awful experience while using Firefox browser in these machines. To correct that, Mozilla says it has undertaken some skin-deep improvement such as the Photon Project to improve viewing experience on high definition displays.
Thanks to the Photon Project, the new Firefox browser has undergone some minimalist re-imaging making viewing great on high-DPI displays. That is to say, your viewing on a 4K monitor will not be different like it is on the standard 1080p display; if not better.
Like we said earlier, Mozilla has graduated the Firefox Quantum to the beta stage meaning it is open to the general public for scrutiny. If you would like to give it a try, download it here for Windows. You can also get it for Linux, MacOS, Android, and iOS. There is also the Developer Edition for our brothers and sisters who are coding applications and plug-ins to run on browsers.
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