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Firefox Users To Get Major Speed Boost For Their Browser

By January 7, 2017March 1st, 2023Technology News

firefoxThe fortunes of Mozilla’s Firefox browser continue to improve thanks to the company’s ongoing efforts to improve their product.

With Microsoft Edge hemorrhaging users at a record pace, Firefox has been picking up significant numbers of Microsoft’s former users as they look for a more stable browser solution.

In recent months, Firefox has been testing a multi-process version of their browser, which separates the web content you see with the software’s UI (User Interface), resulting in a significant improvement in speed, stability and performance.

The problem for Mozilla has been that many of the browser’s third party extensions make switching to the new paradigm a bit tricky, so they’ve been taking a slow and careful approach.

Firefox users who don’t have any extensions installed have been using the multi-process version of the browser for a few months. With Firefox’s next release, version 51, the entire user base will be switched over.

So far, the results have been encouraging. Users are reporting an improvement in responsiveness of up to 400 percent and an improvement in webpage load times of up to 700 percent.

This is great news for laptop users, especially. Edge is seen as flawed and insecure. Google’s Chrome is sleek and fast, but has been proven to drain laptop batteries at a terrifying pace thanks to a bug the company has known about for years, but still hasn’t gotten around to patching, leaving Firefox as the default choice.

Unfortunately, until recently, Firefox found itself lagging far behind Chrome in terms of overall performance. Later this month, however, much of that gap will be closed.

This is excellent timing, and in the months ahead, we can expect to see Firefox’s user base continue to surge as Microsoft Edge continues to flounder. If you’ve been looking for a reason to switch to Firefox, this could very well be what you’ve been waiting for.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.