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New Firefox browser will have Google as default search in US

Uncategorized November 19, 2017

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Mozilla has been quietly sitting on the sidelines for a while, content to slowly work on improving Firefox. But the release of the Firefox Quantum shows that the company is now ready to join the big league once again and take on Google’s Chrome.

Firefox Quantum is also said to operate at double the speed of a slightly older version of Firefox from earlier this year.

Mozilla says its new browser uses less memory than its rivals, and has been designed to help people get things done a lot more quickly.

The browser maker also dumped Yahoo as Firefox’s default search engine in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere, to return to Google, its partner – and primary financier – before a falling out three years ago.

“It’s by far the biggest update we’ve had since we launched Firefox 1.0 in 2004,” Mark Mayo, the Mozilla executive who oversees the browser, wrote in a Tuesday post to a company blog.

The new browser’s official designation is Firefox 57, just another in an every-six-week series of upgrades. Until now, Mozilla has always numbered, never named, its browser releases.

The Firefox Quantum touts a revamped rendering engine along with a new CSS layout engine. The engine and other components are written in Rust, a programming language developed by Mozilla’s own research group with the goal of increasing speed. Mozilla also claims that Quantum uses 30% less memory than Chrome and that it has been designed to meet the needs of people who surf the internet by switching from various tabs.

It’s clear that the new UI compliments the austere look that rivals Edge and Chrome sport. Firefox Quantum integrates the search and address bars in a bid to reduce the clutter usually found on top of the window. A revamped new tab page was also revealed.

Mozilla claims that Quantum is faster than Google Chrome on a number of popular websites, including Google search, Google’s login page, Wikipedia, Bing, Tumblr and Shutterstock.
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