Mozilla launches Firefox Quantum Beta Version Said to Be ‘2X Faster’

Mozilla launches “Firefox Quantum Beta version” with Next-Generation Browser Engine Released

Last October Mozilla announced Project Quantum, to create a next-generation engine for modern computers, by leveraging technology from Servo research project. According to company Several major improvements to Firefox that have it made it better than ever.

The beta version of Firefox Quantum is also available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android (though it doesn’t feature the highlighted Quantum CSS improvements).New version comes with super fast CSS engine that loads quickly, in parallel across multiple CPU cores.

Firefox Quantum Beta Version

According to Mozilla

Firefox has historically run mostly on just one CPU core, but Firefox Quantum takes advantage of multiple CPU cores in today’s desktop and mobile devices much more effectively. This improved utilization of your computer’s hardware makes Firefox Quantum dramatically faster. One example: we’ve developed a breakthrough approach to laying out pages: a super fast CSS engine written in Rust, a systems programming language that Mozilla pioneered. Firefox’s new CSS engine runs quickly, in parallel across multiple CPU cores, instead of running in one slower sequence on a single core. No other browser can do this.

Mozilla improved Firefox so that the tab you’re actively using downloads and runs before other tabs you have open in the background. This prioritization of your active tab, along with Firefox’s “just right” multi-process architecture, results in Firefox Quantum often being faster than Chrome, while consuming roughly 30% less RAM.

Firefox leaps ahead with a new interface that reflects today’s reality of High DPI displays and users who are more task focused than they’ve ever been.

The company claims that

The new, minimalist design introduces square tabs, smooth animations, and a Library, which provides quick access to your saved stuff: bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, and screenshots. Firefox Quantum feels right at home with today’s mouse and touch-driven operating systems: Windows 10, Mac OS High Sierra, Android Oreo, and iOS 11.

You can try it in Beta on a desktop, Android, and iOS. Or, if you’re a web developer, download Developer Edition .

Source: Mozilla Blog Post