Firefox's Quantum Update Is Now Available

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Firefox Quantum arrives with faster browser engine, major visual overhaul, and Google as default search engine

Those who already use Firefox should receive an automatic upgrade to Quantum after restarting their browser.

The whole browser is built on a new CSS engine called Stylo which is more in tune with the hardware demands of the present day - this is, after all the biggest single change in Firefox history. The result: a significant speed increase. According to Mozilla, Firefox quantum is roughly twice as fast as Firefox 52 from six months ago. Articles recommended by Pocket appear whenever a tab is opened.

Speed is the big message that Mozilla is pushing with Firefox Quantum. Firefox Quantum will also prioritise the tab you are actively looking at over all others, so it will be smarter when it comes to allocating resources.

Mozilla launched a new version of its Firefox browser called Quantum the organization says is faster and more customizable than previous versions.

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In spite of going up against Google in the program space, Firefox resorts to utilizing Google as the default internet searcher in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

According to a blog post, Mozilla's year-long overhaul changed or added over 11 million lines of code, though it's not clear if "changed" includes "deleted" (presumably it does).

Chrome's US market share has since doubled to about 60 percent, according to data from analytics provider StatCounter, with Mozilla, Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp browsers capturing the rest.

Denelle Dixon, Mozilla's chief business and legal officer, said in a statement that the company had "exercised our contractual right to terminate our agreement with Yahoo based on a number of factors including doing what's best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search and the broader content experience for our users". Since then, it's scratched back to 13% as of October. Firefox now controls 13.14 percent of the browser market, behind Chrome's 59.84 and Internet Explorer's 15.09 percent. Mozilla's also extensively updated the browser engine, the internal components responsible for displaying webpages, applying styles and handling interactive elements. Notably, instead of C++, Firefox Quantum is written in Rust. It took a year for Firefox to finish the undertaking.

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