Quantum: Firefox Modern Browser for Speed and Functionality

Firefox is aiming to leapfrog its competitors on functionality and speed after playing catch to other desktop and mobile browser for some time.

The new Firefox Quantum is an update to the bones of Firefox that focuses on how browsers will work with future devices. This certainly will give Google Chrome something to worry about

One of the first things you might notice when you fire up Firefox Quantum is the new logo. It’s livelier than it used to be, a bit more colorful, and a lot more modern, like the browser itself.

Modern Browser 

This is a slick and modern-looking browser, not the old-school Firefox you might be accustomed to. The new UI and design language even puts Chrome’s brand of minimalism to shame — by comparison, Chrome looks dated.

The new design is the result of behind-the-scenes labors known as the Photon Project, a research initiative dedicated to digging deep into what people expect from their browsers. It worked. Quantum feels like a modern browser should. Tabs are squared, animations are glassy-smooth, and all the settings and preferences are right where they should be.

Thanks to Project Photon, Firefox Quantum feels a bit more intuitive than other browsers.

Features of Firefox Quantum Browser

Pocket integrated to save pages

With Pocket fully integrated into the browser, you don’t need to set up an external add-on to save pages to read for later. This feature is one shared by Microsoft Edge, in recent updates. Menus are easier to navigate, and the search bar offers helpful suggestions, without getting in your way or digging deep into your personal data.

Go for Cores

Web browsing, and its perceived speed, is bottlenecked by three factors — your internet connection, your computer, and your browser. To leverage every possible advantage for faster browsing, Firefox Quantum is the first web browser that actively taps into the power of your computer’s multi-core processor.

Most browsers, like Chrome, aren’t coded with attention to multi-core chips, but Firefox Quantum aims to tap into those extra cores by putting them to work. This smart resource allocation means Firefox Quantum is technically the quickest browser on the market, depending on your benchmark.

For instance, on the Kraken 1.1 JavaScript test, Chrome 61 finished the test in 1097.7 milliseconds, and Firefox Quantum finished the same test in 933.8 milliseconds.

Less RAM more Cores

Rather than kicking out a browser that runs better by shutting out all other system processes, Firefox Quantum runs faster by using resources other applications don’t take advantage of. Because of Quantum’s careful allocation of resources, it also typically uses less of your RAM than the competition — this is the resource browsers like Chrome rely on heavily for their speed.

This innovation, paired with the ubiquity of multi-core processors, means Firefox Quantum isn’t just faster today. It’s likely to maintain speed over time, without having to horde your PC’s resources. By rebuilding the engine purring away at the heart of Firefox, Mozilla clearly hopes to take advantage of that. What use is an 8-core processor if you’re only using one core for web browsing?

Should you go for Quantum?

Aside from cute cartoons and a sharp UI, Firefox Quantum is — at its heart — still Firefox. That means you’re never going to have quite the same level of Google integration you get from Chrome, though you can import your Chrome settings and bookmarks flawlessly.

However, Firefox Quantum is worth a look if you’re a little tired of Chrome, Edge, or Safari.

The official full version of Firefox Quantum go live for free on November 14, nevertheless, you can join beta program and test it out for free.


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