Mozilla’s Firefox browser is getting a much needed speed update
This is good.
In order to compete with the likes of Google Chrome, Firefox needs to step its game up. One of the ways it can do this is by making it a whole lot faster, and that’s the plan with its latest browser update rolling out today.
The name of the game here is speed and the company has a few ways of implementing this. One of the ways it will accomplish this is by adding new features like suspending idle tabs, deprioritizing features that are not commonly used, and more. For the whole list of stuff the company is doing to improve Firefox, it’s all here.
“We’ve made it so that the browser skips a bunch of unnecessary work during subsequent start-ups,” explains Marissa Wood, vice president of Firefox product management. To make Firefox faster, we simply prioritized our performance management “to-do” list. We applied many of the same principles of time management just like you might prioritize your own urgent needs. For example, before you go on a road trip, you check for a full tank of gas, make sure you have enough oil, or have the right air pressure in your tires.”
On top of speed optimization additions, Mozilla is also adding in a slew of privacy features like blocking cryptomining scripts and digital fingerprints. Again, there’s a lot of features to unpack here. To see everything Mozilla is including in this new Firefox 67 release, check out the company’s official blog post here.
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