Mozilla's souped-up new browser is super-fast and uses less memory than Google's Chrome.
(CCM) — Mozilla has thrown down the gauntlet to Google's Chrome with the launch of a state-of-the-art new web browser called Firefox Quantum.
Chrome overtook Firefox as the world's most popular browser in 2013 thanks to its speed, efficiency, and elegant design, but the launch of Quantum signals that Mozilla is now ready to fight back. The new Firefox browser uses 30% less computer resources than Chrome, its performance has more than doubled, according to Mozilla, and the look of the new Photon user interface appears to have taken its design cues directly from Google's browser.
"Firefox Quantum is built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology stolen from our advanced research group and graced with a beautiful new look designed to get out of the way and let you do what you do best: surf a ton of pages, open a zillion tabs, all guilt free because Firefox Quantum uses less memory than the competition," explained Mark Mayo, a senior vice president for Firefox at Mozilla.
Despite it minimalist look and feel, the new browser still supports thousands of themes, as well as browser extensions such as LastPass and Evernote. It also ships with more than 60 pre-installed search engines, with Google rather surprisingly set as the default browser in the U.S. and Canada.
The new Firefox Quantum browser is available for download today for Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
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