Mozilla has announced that its next generation Firefox Quantum browser will launch globally for all supported platforms on November 14. The company claims that the upcoming browser, version Firefox 57, will be 2x faster than current gen versions of the browser and comes with several performance upgrades.
Firefox Quantum is currently undergoing beta testing, giving us a glimpse of some of its features and performance enhancements. It gets powered by an all-new engine, which promises to offer twice as fast browsing speeds compared to current gen Firefox browsers.
In addition, Mozilla notes that the new engine also consumers lesser memory, as much as 30 percent less compared to Chrome, Now, this essentially reduces CPU workload so that other applications are not affected while browsing the web.
“Powered by a new, cutting-edge engine, Firefox has doubled its speed from last year. Because the Internet waits for no one. Firefox Quantum’s new engine uses 30% less memory than Chrome, so other programs won’t slow down during browsing. Now that’s a win-win,” Mozilla notes on its dedicated Firefox Quantum page.
Apart from speed and performance improvements, Firefox Quantum browser also gets a more seamless, intuitive look and feel. For instance, it offers the ability to search across multiple websites (new tabs), personalization options with Extensions, as well as Mobile browsing so users access everything such as bookmarks, passwords, and tabs across all their devices.
Elsewhere, the forthcoming browser will come with improved and powerful privacy features thanks to Firefox Private browsing. According to Firefox, it loads webpages 40 percent faster as it can block unwanted and intrusive ads.
Other notable features that Firefox Quantum browser will bring include support for Date/Time input, universal library to access everything you’ve stored in one place, asynchronous scrolling, as well as level 3 sandboxing protection on GNU/Linux platforms.
Firefox Quantum releases worldwide on November 14 on all supported platforms. In the meantime, interested users can check out what the browser has in store by downloading the browser’s beta for Mac, Linux/GNU, as well as Windows.