Firefox snags a new look and healthy speed boost in major update

Firefox Quantum 57 Is Here To Kill Google Chrome: Download For Windows, Mac, Linux

On Tuesday, Firefox Quantum was released out of beta, according to the company website.

Firefox was one of the fastest growing Internet browsers in the late 2000s. According to Mozilla, Firefox Quantum is twice as fast as the previous version that launched in March. It also performs better when you compare it with Google Chrome.

It has a new User Interface (UI) that is called Photon, and its goal is to modernize and unify anything that we call Firefox while taking advantage of the speedy new engine. Plus, Google is now the default search engines in the US and Canada.

It is also claimed that Firefox uses 30 percent less RAM than Google Chrome, which is a notorious offender in that area. First, the Web has changed since many parts of Firefox were initially designed and developed; pages are more dynamic in structure and applications are richer and more graphically intensive. 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.

Mozilla also applied several performance enhancements to the browser's core, which is accompanied by a new CSS engine, Stylo, which offers better support for the nigh-ubiquitous multi-core devices used today. Mozilla's also extensively updated the browser engine, the internal components responsible for displaying webpages, applying styles and handling interactive elements. Mozilla is determined to win you back.

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

Other, smaller tweaks include adjustments to the UI to make sure it's usable with both touch and a mouse pointer, smoother animations, and a Library, where you can quickly access things like bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads and more.

"To create Photon, our user research team studied how people browsed the web", says Mozilla. "Our designers created a system that scales to more than just current hardware but lets us expand in the future".

The last change users will notice is the integration of Pocket, a product Mozilla acquired in February that serves up recommended content within tab windows.

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