Firefox Quantum is designed to be the fastest browser

According to the developers, the 57th version of Mozilla browser, called Firefox Quantum will be 2x faster and will use 30% less memory
02 October 2017   793

Mozilla has released the beta version of 57th version of the proprietary Firefox browser. This is such a large and important update that the developers even gave it the name - Firefox Quantum. In the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark, which compares modern web apps, Firefox Quantum was about twice as fast as Firefox 52, released about a year ago. According to the official website of Mozilla, Firefox initially worked with only one CPU core, but with the release of Firefox Quantum, the browser learned how to interact with several cores on desktops and mobile devices, which brings significant performance benefits.

Firefox Quantum uses a new CSS engine written in Rust that works in parallel with multiple cores. According to developers, no other browser can do this. Mozilla also optimized Firefox to give the main priority to the tab that you are currently viewing. This, along with the new multiprocessor architecture, provides greater performance and at the same time a 30% lower consumption of RAM.

In addition to the changes under the hood, the developers also revised the browser's user interface. In the new version of Firefox, the user interface is called Photon, which offers a minimalistic and adaptive design. For example, if you are using a Windows computer with a touchscreen, the Firefox menu will change the size based on whether you use the mouse or the touchpad. Photon also includes square tabs, smooth animations and a library where you will find the saved content, including downloaded files and screenshots.

Browser is available in beta at the moment, final release is planned on the 14th November. 

Mozilla to Roll Out Firefox 64

Learn about updates for both users and developers in new version of popular browser
12 December 2018   102

Mozilla has released the Firefox 64 browser. The developers have eliminated 30 vulnerabilities, among which 21 are critical. The development team added operations with multiple tabs, improved browser performance for macOS and Linux platforms, and also discontinued support for Symantec certificates.

New in Firefox 64 for users:
Support for news feeds (RSS) and live bookmarks has been discontinued - the company has proposed replacing them with extensions or third-party aggregators. In addition, Firefox has stopped supporting Symantec TLS certificates. This is due to incorrect preparation of reports and other irregularities in the work of the company, for example, issuing EV certificates without checks.

The about: crashes page has been redesigned. It displays sent and unsent reports about browser crashes, while the user can delete any of them from the hard disk.

  • Other innovations:
  • Task Manager. It displays the resource usage of each tab.
  • Increased the speed of work. When creating browser versions for the macOS and Linux platforms, the Clang compiler was used with the optimization mode during linking.
  • Link Exchange in Windows. Users can share sites that are viewed on social networks using the Share button in the context menu of a web page.
  • Remove add-ons from the toolbar. To do this, call the context menu (right-click on the add-on icon).
  • Firefox configuration profiles for macOS. They are set up by corporate clients for internal use.
  • Tabs. In the new version, the user can select multiple tabs and move, close or add them to the bookmarks.

Firefox 64 updates for developers:

  • The ability to work simultaneously with three CSS grids in the interface for viewing multi-layered layout of elements (CSS Grid Inspector).
  • JavaScript syntax highlighting in the command line of the web console.
  • Changes in CSS, including support for CSS scrollbars and -webkit-appearance.
  • Displays the contrast value of the text relative to the background when you hover the cursor in the Accessibility Inspector panel.

Get more info at official docs.