New version releases of browsers don’t get the buzz they used to get, but Firefox Quantum is an exception.The latest version of the Mozilla Foundation’s browser, released Tuesday, is all about performance. Its newest version is twice as fast as it was a year ago, Mozilla claimed. It is not only fast on startup — it remains zippy even when taxed by multitudes of tabs.”We have a better balance of memory to performance than all the other browsers,” said Firefox Vice President for Product Nick Nguyen.
We use 30 percent less memory, and the reason for that is we can allocate the number of processes Firefox uses on your computer based on the hardware that you have,” he told TechNewsWorld. The performance improvements in Quantum could be a drink from the fountain of youth for many its users’ systems. “A significant number of our users are on machines that are two cores or less, and less than 4 gigabytes of RAM,” Nguyen explained.
The performance boost could be appealing to other users too.”We have a great browser for you, even if you don’t have the latest computer,” Nguyen said. “We see a huge opportunity for people with (US)$300 laptops to have a great modern experience.”The target audience for Quantum is likely owners of older PCs who are feeling the most pain at the moment, said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.
“The current generation of advanced browsers are pretty resource-intensive, which slows down machines and creates lags that users find really annoying,” he told TechNewsWorld.
In addition to improvements under the hood, Mozilla redesigned its user interface.
“We call this initiative ‘Photon,’ and its goal is to modernize and unify anything that we call ‘Firefox,’ while taking advantage of the speedy new engine,” wrote Mark Mayo, senior vice president of Firefox, in an online post.
Quantum could do more for Mozilla than just prevent Firefox defections, maintained Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.
“Quantum seems to be designed to bring former users, who mostly abandoned Mozilla for Google Chrome, back to Firefox,” he told TechNewsWorld.