Firefox Quantum arrives with faster browser engine, major visual overhaul, and Google as default search engine

Firefox Quantum arrives with faster browser engine, major visual overhaul, and Google as default search engine

November 14th, 2017
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The new version, which Mozilla calls “by far the biggest update since

Firefox 1.0 in 2004,” brings massive performance improvements and a

visual redesign.


														
							

The Quantum name signals that Firefox 57 is a huge release that incorporates the company’s next-generation browser engine (Project Quantum). The goal is to make Firefox the fastest and smoothest browser for PCs and mobile devices — the company has previously promised that users can expect “some big jumps in capability and performance” through the end of the year. Indeed, three of the four past releases (Firefox 53Firefox 54, and Firefox 55) included Quantum improvements. But those were just the tip of the iceberg.

Mozilla says that Firefox Quantum will feel speedier when you browse your favorite websites, thanks to faster page loading, smoother scrolling, and a more responsive user interface.

Performance aside, Firefox Quantum includes a visual refresh, called Photon, that “feels fast, fluid, and at home with modern operating systems.” Photon takes advantage of today’s High DPI displays and other hardware across Windows 10, macOS High Sierra, Android Oreo, and iOS 11.

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