Firefox Quantum is here, and it could double your browsing speed

New Firefox Beta Released With New User Interface, New Core Engine

Looking to win back some of the legions of users who in recent years abandoned the slow, dated Firefox for Chrome, Mozilla says its new browser will not only catch the market-leading Chrome in performance, but will "often" be faster to load and will take up 30 per cent less RAM than the notoriously memory-hungry Google browser. The goal is to make Firefox the fastest and smoothest browser for PCs and mobile devices - the company promised before that users can expect "some big jumps in capability and performance" through the end of the year.

Firefox's tab management has also been tweaked to more effectively prioritize the tab you're now using ahead of tabs running in the background. The increase in speed was done using the multiple CPU cores found in desktop and mobile computers.

At the time of writing, there are only 4,609 Firefox add-ons marked as supporting Firefox 57 on the Mozilla Add-ons portal from a total of almost 19,000. Of course, the browser isn't yet available to consumers, so there's no third-party data to substantiate Mozilla's claims. The beta version is available to download now.

Firefox Quantum will test whether Mozilla's efforts to modernize its browser can pay off.

We can see from an older Mozilla slide below that Servo looked quite promising compared to Gecko, the old rendering engine used by Firefox.

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Mozilla has released the Firefox 57 beta, a completely overhauled browser that will be called Firefox Quantum when it launches in stable form next month.

Mozilla argues that the new browser will feel natural on both touch- and mouse-based systems, including Windows 10, macOS High Sierra, Android Oreo, and iOS 11. The new Library provides quick access to your saved stuff: bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, and screenshots. When you open a new tab, you'll see now trending web pages recommended by Pocket users so you won't miss out on what's hot online, as well as your top sites.

Apart from performance improvements, the new browser also brings in a new design language with a more clutter-free minimalist approach.

As always, developers will want to take a close look at what's in the pipeline. But before that, we'll get Firefox 56 later this week. A brand new beta version of Firefox has just landed and while technically it would be Firefox 57, the changes are so big that it's getting new branding and is called Firefox Quantum.

Mozilla is planning to release Firefox 57 on November 17.

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