New Firefox quantum browser uses 30% less memory than other browsers

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The first ever Quantum-fueled Firefox version, Firefox 57, is about to land on your Windows, Linux, and macOS machines.

The wave of change isn't limited to under-the-hood improvements, Firefox 57 now features the Photon UI. Quantum CSS leverages the multi-core processors in our modern computing rigs, parallelizing work across all cores.


You can set one up right when you open Firefox Quantum. Firefox also has more than 60 search providers "pre-installed" with the browser that users can take advantage of.

The core engine uses less memory, and therefore less power, allowing for multiple tabs while the CSS engine runs in parallel across multiple processor cores available on PC and mobile devices. It all adds up to a once-in-a-decade overhaul which Mozilla claims will be "fast for good". For quite a long time, Firefox utilized Yahoo as a default, however it additionally offered Google and Bing as option choices, yet it as of late ended its agreement with Yahoo, as indicated by an email explanation from Mozilla. Mozilla claims that the new browser is twice as fast as the Firefox from six months ago. "In fact, nearly 75% of the Firefox code was impacted all to give you a browser that is fast, intuitive and modern on all of your devices".


"We call this initiative Photon, and its goal is to modernize and unify anything that we call Firefox while taking advantage of the speedy new engine", the team explained.

The Photon UI has also been streamlined compared to previous versions of Firefox, and is created to provide smooth and fast performance when browsing your favorite websites. The selected stories are chosen out of the millions of items users are saving to Pocket throughout the day, and becuase of this Mozilla says, "they do a great job of representing what's worth reading and watching on the web". Not only should it be faster to load and render pages, but its user interface should remain quick and responsive even under heavy load with hundreds of tabs. "Our designers created a system that scales to more than just current hardware but lets us expand in the future".


There's also support for WebVR and WASM, saving to Pocket - which Mozilla acquired at the end of February -, and a new Library feature which brings all your Pocket saves and bookmarks in one place, for easy use.

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