Firefox Quantum Arrives to Challenge Google Chrome
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Mozilla has released Firefox 57, codenamed Quantum, into the wild. This is the most ambitious version of Firefox released in a long time. It’s faster, better-looking, more streamlined, and more useful, and it may be able to give Chrome a run for its money. It certainly uses less RAM.

In terms of web browsers, Firefox was once the big daddy. But now Google Chrome enjoys a 55 percent share of the market, and Firefox is down in third, behind Safari. Rather than carry on releasing incremental updates, Mozilla has taken a risk with a bold new version of Firefox

Firefox Quantum Is Flat Out Better

Firefox Quantum has been built from the ground up, with Mozilla pulling out all of the stops to get back in the game. Mozilla claims Firefox Quantum is “the biggest update we’ve had since we launched Firefox 1.0 in 2004,” and “just flat out better in every way”. And this may well be true.

The most obvious improvement is the speed, with Mozilla claiming Quantum is “twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago”. However, thanks to Quantum using multiple CPU cores, and a new CSS engine built in Rust, Quantum actually uses less resources than older versions of Firefox.

As well as the technical improvements, Firefox Quantum looks better too. This is thanks to a new user interface called Photon, which boasts a modern, minimalist design, square tabs, and smooth animations. The result is a clean UI which makes other browsers look dated by comparison.

Anyone already using Firefox should be automatically upgraded to Quantum. Everyone else can try it for themselves on Windows, Mac, or Linux, on Android or on iOS. Mozilla is keen to point out this is just the start for this next-generation of Firefox too, with more to come in the future.

Sending a Message to Google Re: Chrome

Firefox Quantum is a bold reimagining of Mozilla’s web browser. And I suspect Mozilla will benefit greatly from trying something new. If you have ever caught yourself complaining about Chrome (which everybody has), then you owe it to yourself to try Firefox Quantum. At least temporarily. And even if it’s not for you it sends a message to Google that we want Chrome to get better.

What web browser are you currently using? And for how long have you stuck with that browser? When was the last time you tried Firefox? And are you tempted to try Firefox Quantum? Do you still love Chrome as much as you did at the start? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Saurabh
    November 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I have been using Firefox for years now. But have to shift to chrome after quantum because of a silly problem. I can't get rid of the titlebar on Linux and that is not acceptable to me. Chrome has that option built in. Firefox could do so with a plugin which is now legacy.

  2. Dan Griffin
    November 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Maybe Firefox 57 is going to be faster, but the lack of "themes" being ported forward is horribly unfortunate. I really dislike the default visual look of version 57 and the currently available themes are not to my liking either. It's too bad that Firefox has broken the ability for people to configure the browser to their liking instead of being required to use only the crud that some programmer with blinders on thinks is "cool".

  3. James Howde
    November 15, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I'm now using Ice Dragon on my Desktop and Cyberfox on the laptop to see which I prefer (although the user agent string will tell you it's Opera on Linux). . That's because I used Firefox because of the extensions not because I really wanted Chrome but had something against Google.

    Oh and I agree with Dragonmouth. Firefox Quantum might fly on javascript heavy test sites but it was very slow opening ordinary sites when I tried using the upgraded version. That might, though be the Mozilla site struggling under the amount of people also looking for add-on replacements.

  4. ps
    November 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

    At last Firefox has left behind the clunkiness that kept it from being sleek and fast.

    • dragonmouth
      November 15, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Don't get your hopes up. Feature creep wil bring back the old clunkiness we have all learn to love. :-)

  5. ReadandShare
    November 15, 2017 at 6:16 am

    I was a Chrome user for years, but decided to give Firefox a try more for philosophical reasons than anything technical. That was just a month ago (FF56) but I actually liked it enough to uninstall Chrome from my laptop. Just about the only major complaint I had was FF56's noticeably slower speed - very noticeable.

    Now with FF57 out and all the talk about its great speed, I decided to upgrade, while I am still not overly attached to 'the old ways'. Well, FF57 is indeed fast - I would say comparable with Chrome and sometimes even a bit faster! As for extensions, all but two of my extensions converted over -- and I easily found good alternatives for the remaining two. The upgrade to FF57 really was painless and positive for this semi-newbie to Mozilla Firefox.

  6. David
    November 15, 2017 at 4:32 am

    For those not happy with the changes there is always water fox or pale moon. I have been using water fox because it still supports the old extensions. I would recommend you don't use the new fire fox until it has been updated to fire fox 60 or supports your extensions. The other reason I don't use fire fox I don't like the pocket integration so as long as that is the case I will not be going back to it. Water fox and pale moon remove pocket integration so if That annoys you use them instead.

    • dragonmouth
      November 15, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Pale Moon is a pale shadow of Firefox. It does not support many of the pre-FF57 privacy/security extensions. I don't believe there is a Linux version of Water Fox so I cannot compare.

  7. Kourosh Jalilvand
    November 15, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I know that its been a bit since you did the MxNitro review, but I was wondering how it compares in speed to the newest versions of chrome, firefox, opera, and edge. I switched to it feels way faster than chrome, edge, or even firefox (update before quantum)!

  8. dragonmouth
    November 14, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    " It’s faster, better-looking, more streamlined, and more useful"
    Like hell it is!
    So far it's a pig as far as speed goes. It takes forever to load sites that used load almost instantly.
    Is incompatible with most privacy/security extensions from prior versions.
    AFAIAC, it is not only not ready for prime time, but it is not ready for the late night/early morning infomercial time, either. IOW, it sucks.

  9. Shikhanshu Agarwal
    November 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks for this post. Made me try Firefox Quantum and so far I am loving the look and buttery smoothness. Will try it for a week or two and then make the switch permanent from Chrome if I still like it then!

  10. blm
    November 14, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Is this the Firefox version in which Mozilla commits suicide by making 90% of extensions not work? Firefox doesn't integrate well with the native OS (e.g. Keychain on the Mac), is ploddingly slow and uses a ton of resources, but has a huge set of extensions available. They haven't done anything about the first and don't show any inclination to do so, may have fixed (or at least improved) the second, but broke the third, which was the only reason to use Firefox.

    • Stephan
      November 14, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Yep, FF 57 is the one that essentially breaks all legacy extensions. I'll stay away from it as long as I can, as some of the most essential extensions are still not ported to the new APIs (and some may never be). Way to go to self-destruction, FF!