Mozilla Firefox is now 'Firefox Quantum' and its faster than ever

Mozilla Firefox is now 'Firefox Quantum' and its faster than ever

The Firefox Developer Edition has been a hit for web programmers as usage of it has more than doubled since the Firefox 57 update in September.

Mozilla is working on a major overhaul of its Firefox browser, and, with the general release of Firefox 57 today, has reached a major milestone. Dubbed "Firefox Quantum", the Firefox 57 update brings an entire visual redesign and huge performance improvements.

Mozilla says it has taken a year to put together its all-new web browser.

Using the Private Window in Firefox and the Incognito Mode in Chrome we loaded up htxt.africa and timed how long it took.

The new user interface is called Photon, which is created to modernize and unify Firefox's features while taking advantage of the new engine. Everything's flatter, more minimal and more modern.

The agreement also adds another payment that Alphabet Inc.'s Google must make to partners that send online traffic to its search engine, a worrisome cost for shareholders. Next year Mozilla will be working to improve these areas. It is available to download for all desktop as well as mobile operating systems.

Mozilla has also gone back to Google for its standard search engine.

And Firefox's Quantum upgrade isn't that, Gold argued. The point is "discovery and accessibility of high quality web content", according to the acquisition announcement. However, there's always the trusty Google Chrome browser, but if you are not a big fan of Chrome's UI, there are plenty of alternatives from Opera and Firefox.

As noted by How-To Geek, Quantum supports WebVR and a low-level programming language to better support virtual reality applications built for the web.

"In a year from now, it will be the same all over again", Gold said, referring to Firefox's minor player status. "In fact, nearly 75% of the Firefox code was impacted all to give you a browser that is fast, intuitive and modern on all of your devices". The update comes with new change which the company claims to have changed almost 75% of the codes.

Mozilla, a non-profit corporation, historically has earned most of its revenue from search. If you now rely on a traditional Firefox extension, you may want to hold off on updating until it's been converted to a modern WebExtension.

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