Firefox Quantum will bring a healthy speed boost, modern design in November

New Firefox Beta Released With New User Interface, New Core Engine

That's only around 25% of all legacy plugins, meaning that almost 75% of all Firefox add-ons won't be available to users on the new version. The new browser is apparently two times faster than the current versions of Firefox.

At the time of writing, there are only 4,609 Firefox add-ons marked as supporting Firefox 57 on the Mozilla Add-ons portal from a total of almost 19,000. But those were just the tip of the iceberg.

Quantum also prioritizes the loading of your active tabs.

"Firefox Quantum is about 2X faster than Firefox was a year ago", he said, citing the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark, and comparing Quantum to March's Firefox 52. In the meantime, Firefox 56 is also around the corner, which will mark the end of Flash support in the web browser. The rendering engine was also written from the ground up to provide modern features such as being able to render all components of a web page in parallel on multiple CPU threads.

Nick Nguyen from Mozilla wrote, "Engines are important, both in cars and in browsers". Despite Firefox Quantum often being faster than Chrome, it consumes roughly 30% less RAM than Google Chrome.

Last but not least, Mozilla has fixed 468 issues related to Firefox slowness in the past several months, adding to the feeling of a faster browser. We're confident that with Photon, Firefox Quantum users will be impressed by the modern new design that puts their needs first.

The interface is built for high-definition displays and includes tweaks for touch-screen Windows user interfaces, such as menus that change size depending on whether they're clicked with a mouse or touched with a finger. Pocket was acquired by Mozilla a year ago and it will be integrated into Firefox 57. When you open a new tab, you'll see now trending web pages recommended by Pocket users so you won't miss out on what's hot online, as well as your top sites. But, if you enjoy the cutting edge, you can try it in Beta on desktop, Android, and iOS.

Apart from performance improvements, the new browser also brings in a new design language with a more clutter-free minimalist approach. For example, the developer edition has received refined, redesigned, and brand new developer tools (more details here).

Part of the redesigns for the UI came via the Photon Project that Mozilla was operating.

The browser's "autoscrolling" feature now uses asynchronous scrolling, similar to other input methods like mousewheel, providing a smoother scrolling experience.

As always, developers will want to take a close look at what's in the pipeline.

Right now, Firefox 57 - set for release on November 14 - looks like a groundbreaking and highly anticipated release.



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