Meet Firefox Quantum, Mozilla's most compelling answer to Chrome yet

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The company has also fixed hundreds of issues related to Firefox speed to make this latest version better. In fact, Firefox VP of Product Nick Nguyen refers to Rust as Quantum's "secret sauce", according to TNW. But those were just the tip of the iceberg.

Firefox is free, as it's always been, and it can be downloaded by anyone with a desktop computer right now from Mozilla. The site for the new version also touts the updated browser's aggressive tracking protection and built-in ad- and script-blocking features. Thanks to the new (and overdue) Mozilla-made Multi-Account Container extension, you won't have to worry about remembering which account you're logged into.

Below you'll see a demonstration video from Mozilla on what's happening within the new Firefox Quantum.

Mozilla says its new browser uses less memory than its rivals, and has been created to help people get things done a lot more quickly.

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".

Mozilla claims its updated web browser is twice as fast as its last one, and uses a lot less memory than the competition - Google Chrome in particular.

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Did you ditch Firefox a while ago after feeling that it was slowing down compared to rival browsers like Chrome?

You can check out Mozilla's tests here and technical background here. "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". Photon takes advantage of today's High DPI displays and other hardware across Windows 10, macOS High Sierra, Android Oreo, and iOS 11.

"As part of our focus on user experience and performance in Firefox Quantum, Google will also become our new default search provider in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan", Mozilla said in a statement.

"To create Photon, our user research team studied how people browsed the web", wrote Mozilla's Mark Mayo.

And out of the box, it looks great, is super fast, and quite responsive. You can expect square tabs, a dark color scheme, smooth animations, and a restructuring of menus.

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