Firefox Quantum Is Now Available for Download
Back in the dark days when web browsing was dominated by Microsoft’s Windows Explorer, there was one browser that stood stood above the rest. We’re talking, of course, about Mozilla Firefox. Since then, Google Chrome has risen to prominence and currently holds more nearly 60 percent of the browser market share. Firefox sits at around 12 percent.
One of the reasons for Chrome’s rise is that, in addition to its large number of extensions, it is simply faster than Firefox. However, Mozilla is hoping to regain that crown with the release of Firefox Quantum, otherwise known as Firefox 57. The company boasts that the newest version of its browser is twice as fast as before and is 30 percent less memory-intensive than Chrome. Google’s browser, while beloved by many, is known for being a resource hog and is particularly draining on laptop batteries so Firefox might be worth looking into if you find yourself away from an outlet.
Another improvement that Firefox brings is the realm of visuals. In addition to lacking some key features of Chrome, Firefox looked outdated. Its use of a separate search and URL bar is a particularly amusing example. Firefox Quantum looks really nice and it’s easy to use. Making the switch is easy thanks to how simple it is to import bookmarks and settings. Google fans, however, should be warned that Firefox won’t Google’s various services quite as well as Chrome does.
Given how stagnant the browser market has become in terms of market share, we would be surprised to see Firefox over take Chrome anytime soon, but this update still does a good job of updating Firefox for modern audiences and will likely persuade current Firefox users to stay on board rather than jumping ship to Chrome or another browser. At its core, Firefox Quantum is still Firefox, but its the best version of Firefox yet.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.