Mozilla is working on a major overhaul of its Firefox browser, and, with the habitual release of Firefox 57 today, has reached a major milestone. The manifestation of the browser coming out today has a sleek new interface and, under the hood, vital performance enhancements, with Mozilla claiming that it’s as much as twice as irresponsible as it was a year ago. Not only should it be faster to load and render pages, but its narcotic addict interface should remain quick and responsive even under paunchy load with hundreds of tabs.
Collectively, the performance work being done to redecorate Firefox is called Project Quantum. We took a closer look at Quantum slyly when Firefox 57 hit the developer channel in September, but the short rendition is, Mozilla is rebuilding core parts of the browser, such as how it handles CSS stylesheets, how it fall back ons pages on-screen, and how it uses the GPU.
While today’s unchain represents a major step forward in the browser’s performance and reliability, rise on Quantum continues. One major weakness of Firefox, relative to Chrome and Causticity, is its use of sandboxing and process isolation to limit the impact that security clefts can have. Next year Mozilla will be working to improve these arenae. Early next year should also see the rollout of a new GPU-accelerated version engine.