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Firefox Quantum is Mozilla’s supercharged attempt to topple Chrome


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Extensions will let users screenshot from within the browser, store pages for later and sync tabs between desktop and mobile versions.

Mozilla has unveiled Firefox Quantum, its next-generation browser.

The company claims the new browser is twice as fast as the standard Firefox browser and uses 30 per cent less RAM than Google Chrome. The beta version is available to download now.

“Last October we announced Project Quantum, our effort to create a next-generation engine for modern computers, by leveraging technology from our Servo research project,” said Mozilla’s Nick Nguyen in a blog post. “Since then, our engineering team has been relentless in their focus on making Firefox incredibly fast.”

A Speedometer 2.0 test that simulates web applications found Quantum was two times faster than Firefox was a year ago. The increase in speed was done using the multiple CPU cores found in desktop and mobile computers.

Mozilla says Quantum will scale across your CPUs, if you have a modern CPU that extends over a few cores. This will remove stress on the system that can slow it down.

“In addition, for the past several months we’ve run a browser-wide initiative to zap any instances of slowness you might encounter while using Firefox” said Nguyen. “So far our pit crew has fixed 468 of these issues, both small papercuts and big bottlenecks.”

Quantum will come with extensions that let users screenshot from within the browser, store pages for later and sync tabs between desktop and mobile versions.

As of today, the company will also be popping a privacy notice up as a second tab the first time you launch the browser, in a cunning new way to get users to care about privacy.

“We know that many Firefox users care deeply about privacy, and we wanted to find a way to increase engagement with our privacy practices,” writes the Mozilla team in a blog post.

The final version of Quantum will be available on 14 November.



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