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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mozilla's latest browser -- Firefox Quantum -- is lightning fast, sleek, and ready to handle all six zillion of your tabs after almost two months in beta.

Nick Nguyen, Firefox's vice president of product, told Mashable his biggest fear: Will the Internet full of Google Chrome-enthusiasts give it a chance?

"My biggest fear is that people won't try it," he said. "It's like any release -- you do this to make people's lives better. If people aren't using your product, you don't have an opportunity to do that."

And the folks at Firefox have big plans. Nguyen won't rest until Quantum overtakes Google Chrome to become the average internet user's primary browser. "Today, people use Firefox as their secondary browser," he told Mashable. "We think it's good enough to be your first browser."




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There's only one way to find out. So come on, close Chrome for two seconds and give it a try.

This browser is really, really fast. In a test conducted with the open-source project WebPageTest, Firefox Quantum loaded a number of top websites before Chrome did, including Yelp, Shutterstock, Ask.com and even Google Search itself. (Chrome was still, of course, faster to load most Google and Youtube pages). The browser also uses around 30% less memory than its competitors Chrome, Edge, and Safari on Windows operating systems, and only uses a tiny bit more than Chrome on macOS. This means you can run 30% more tabs without your browser crashing or slowing to a crawl.

But where the company hopes its browser will stand out the most is in the interface. The company extensively researched the way users navigate browsers, and Firefox Quantum has a number of small, but significant features to accommodate those patterns.

For example, according to Nguyen, users are a lot more impatient when waiting for the content of a page to load than they are for for graphics or sidebars. Consequently, Firefox Quantum loads the content of a website before loading any logos or graphics. It also loads your active tab before any other tabs -- people overwhelmingly focus on one tab at a time.


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Used Firefox several years ago. I liked it but it had issues so I switched to Chrome. Think I'll try Firefox again for a while to see if I like it again.

#1 | Posted by Whizzo at 2017-11-16 10:35 AM | Reply

When I tried Firefox Quantum, so much of what the browser was able to do pre-Quantum was lost, that I found Firefox Quantum unusable for my browsing needs. Too many extensions just stopped working.

I've switched to Firefox's ESR to avoid the "upgrade" to Quantum. That will buy me a few months before I need to decide what I have to do.

So now I'm looking for alternatives.

I tried Chrome, but I didn't like it because the HTTP proxy settings affect the system's network settings, not just the browser's. That's a non-starter for me. I'm actually quite surprised that it does that.

My next stop will be Waterfox....

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-16 11:14 AM | Reply

So far, Waterfox ( www.waterfoxproject.org ) looks pretty good. I'm entering the long-term testing phase for it...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-16 11:41 AM | Reply

I use Chrome because of google and my android.

I used to use Firefox when some of my financial sites got wonky on Chrome.

I hate whatever hellspawn memory drain Microsquash replaced IE with.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-16 11:48 AM | Reply


#5 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-16 01:44 PM | Reply

I use SeaMonkey as my browser

#6 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-11-17 12:18 AM | Reply

A little known fact among the today users of Seamonkey browser, when it first came out it was named Spankthemonkey not SeaMonkey

#7 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-11-17 12:22 AM | Reply

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