Latest Firefox browser update comes with huge performance improvements

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Firefox Quantum has a powerful new engine which Mozilla claims has been built for "rapidfire performance".

Mozilla suggested earlier today that they'd been spending a massive amount of time editing code between their most recent update and now. Of course the company can't steal from itself, which means Mozilla tried to do a quick joke whilst announcing their new web browser.

The company said that the browser has risen in popularity over the last years as 100 million users are browsing through Firefox on a daily basis now. There's a whole style guide available for your perusal if you do so desire.

The optimization to make Firefox Quantum run as smoothly as it does is carried out through a brand new GPU-accelerated rendering engine that was written in Rust named "WebRender".

It is also claimed that Firefox uses 30 percent less RAM than Google Chrome, which is a notorious offender in that area. Quantum will also have 60 search providers pre-installed across more than 90 languages which, according to Mozilla, is the largest variety of search providers when compared to any other browser.

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Business users will be able to share screenshots directly from Firefox, instead of having to save and then locate an image file before sharing. 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.

The Firefox Developer Edition has been a hit for web programmers as usage of it has more than doubled since the Firefox 57 update in September. Head over to Mozilla's Firefox download page to pick it right up. Moreover, a new three-dot menu has been added to the URL bar, which contains shortcuts to copy or email a link, send the active tab to a device - using Firefox Sync -, or take a screenshot.

"Anyone who downloads this version, which is so advanced we call it "Firefox Quantum", simply can't help but notice the speed, performance improvements, and the responsively slick new UI", wrote David Bryant in a Medium post Tuesday.

Mozilla has officially launched the fastest version of its Firefox browser yet. The difference between desktop and mobile updates here is the speed.

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