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Firefox 57 brings Project Quantum to the masses

14 November 2017

If you use Firefox all the time - you're about to get just a little bit happier with your very smart choices in life.

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

The Quantum name signals Firefox 57 is a huge release that incorporates the company's next-generation browser engine (Project Quantum).

Called Firefox Quantum, this release is the culmination of months of work, including a recent beta test, meant to make Firefox speedier and more attractive.

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The appropriately dubbed "new Firefox" brings a refreshed logo and the brand new Photon UI, which ditches the more rounded tabs of the Australis-era design in favor of a more squared off approach.

One of the biggest updates is how lightweight Quantum is in terms of RAM usage. "No other browser can do this", Mozilla claims. The download links for Firefox Quantum or Firefox 57, whatever you would like to call, will pop-up on this page. Mozilla's removed the controversial rounded tabs that have proved unpopular with users since their introduction.

Security and privacy are also a focus of Firefox Quantum. The good news here is the source for this material - in that it's not your browsing habits (as far as we've been able to tell or have been told). The result is that the more cores a user's computer has, the faster content should load. Firefox Quantum definitely looks quite a bit sleeker, but it also includes a unified search bar, customizable toolbar, and built-in Pocket integration. This could help professionals when researching for a business proposal, or could help keep track of news articles written about a business or industry.

Speed is the big message that Mozilla is pushing with Firefox Quantum.

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Firefox Quantum is capable of 66 runs per minute, that's twice as fast as its previous version, according to Speedometer, a browser benchmark that measures the responsiveness of web applications.

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.

A new responsive engine for tab navigation and privacy features also make Quantum a compelling option for business professionals.

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Firefox 57 brings Project Quantum to the masses