Mozilla: Firefox 57 is so fast we're calling it Firefox Quantum

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We're super excited to get Firefox Quantum to our beta users and hope you'll give it a try.

The speed tweaks have appeared in Firefox over the past months and with Firefox Quantum, also known as Firefox version 57, are set to be joined by the Photon user interface, which designers built based on research into when users perceived browser rendering time issues.

Firefox is the latest popular web browser to move against or away from Flash and that's happening with version 56.

We've shipped a lot already, but we've been planning for many more projects to come together in Firefox Quantum. But those were just the tip of the iceberg.

"Firefox Quantum is about 2X faster than Firefox was a year ago", he said, citing the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark, and comparing Quantum to March's Firefox 52. In the video above, you can see Firefox Quantum appears to be faster than Chrome on various websites. There's also a Developer Edition available. For example, we've transformed Firefox to run using multiple processes, striking the "just right" balance between speed and memory usage.

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Mozilla's next major browser update has arrived. Firefox is also promised to use 30% less RAM than Chrome through the use of smart prioritization of active tabs.

According to representatives of Mozilla rendering web content in Firefox, Quantum is taking advantage of multiple CPU cores, saving treasured seconds when rendering heavy web pages. Complement the list of individual characteristics interface Photon with adaptation for displays with high DPI, and automatic scaling features of the touch input. The new Library provides quick access to your saved stuff: bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, and screenshots.

Pocket users will be happy to know that Firefox Quantum has a built-in Pocket bookmarking service. When you open a new tab, you'll see now trending web pages recommended by Pocket users in addition to your top sites.

In addition to the performance improvements, Mozilla is also introducing refined and rebuilt UI for Firefox. As part of its Project Photon initiative, Firefox is getting rid of the curved tab design that was both the source of identification and ridicule.

Overall, Quantum's UI matches the minimalism of other browsers, notably Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Edge, by - finally - combining the address and search bars, and reducing the clutter at the top of the window.

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