Firefox 57 (also known as Firefox Quantum) was released by Mozilla on November 14, 2017. This is the latest browser update and will be the last update in 2017. In this video review, I will highlight some of the key features and cover what’s new in Firefox. This is the seventh major rapid release update in 2017 and has been named Firefox Quantum because it is indeed a quantum leap for Mozilla as far as Firefox is concerned.
Firefox 57 has been built from the ground up, but it has been more than a year in the making. It started with the announcement of Project Electrolysis (e10s) which laid the foundation for Project Quantum. Project e10s essentially split the browser into multiple processes in order to improve responsiveness, stability, and security of the browser. Project Quantum includes several other components like: Quantum Compositor, Quantum DOM, Quantum CSS, Quantum Render, and Quantum Flow.
The user-interface has also received a major redesign, thanks for Project Photon, which is Mozilla’s approach to designing and building a modern and intuitive user-interface. It has a minimalistic design which I like a lot with square tabs and smooth animations. It also has a new Library icon that gives quick access to bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs and screenshots.
In Firefox 55, Mozilla introduced Firefox Screenshots, a built-in feature, to take screenshots of web pages. When first introduced, this feature was not available to all users. However, in Firefox 56 and 57, all users will have access to this Screenshots feature. You can take screenshots of full pages or sections of web pages and save them to your computer or to the cloud. Screenshots saved to the cloud will expire in 14 days, however, you can change the setting to keep it longer.
In Firefox Quantum, Mozilla has removed support for legacy Firefox add-ons and has decided to move to Web Extensions instead. This is for performance and security reasons. Having said so, if you are using any legacy add-ons, they will be disabled and you’ll have to find a replacement. You can go to the Legacy Extensions tab in the Add-ons section and look for add-ons that are disabled.
Based on browser benchmark tests run my Mozilla, using Speedometer 2.0 Benchmark, Firefox 57 is twice as faster compared to what it was earlier in 2017. Based on my own Browsermark Benchmark test that I’ve been running on Firefox, I’ve seen a huge increase in performance since Project Electrolysis was announced back in October 2016.
These were some of the key changes in Firefox 57 (aka Firefox Quantum). You can check the Firefox Release Notes below for a detailed list of new features, changes and improvements. In this Firefox Video Review, you can see the results of the Browsermark Benchmark tests that I ran on Firefox 57 as compared to Google Chrome 62.
- Firefox Review 2017: http://bit.ly/Firefox-Review-2017
- Firefox Quantum: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/quantum/
- Firefox Download Page: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/
- Firefox Photon Design System: http://design.firefox.com/photon/welcome.html
- Firefox 57 (Quantum) Release Notes: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/57.0/releasenotes/
- Customize Firefox 57 with CSS: https://github.com/Aris-t2/CustomCSSforFx
CREDITS: Browser Benchmark Tests Performed Using Browsermark from Basemark: http://web.basemark.com/ | Firefox information and logos used under Creative Commons License Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) | Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries | Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission | Images used are public domain via Pixabay | Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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