Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Firefox - Still an excellent choice for users and developers

If you have been following this blog, you may know that I've been discussing the importance of security and privacy. If not, please read how we are being tracked without consent everywhere - by search engines, browsers, mobile apps, social networks, TVs, games, devices, etc.

It's a tough world out there for those who seek privacy.

As you may know, Firefox is my recommended browser and today it's a significant day because Mozilla is releasing the extraordinary Firefox Quantum (v 57). This latest version brings hundreds of improvements. Download it here!

My Favorite Features

To celebrate that, let me list my favorites of this release.

Performance Improvements

This version of Firefox is 2x-faster than a year ago, significantly faster than Chrome.

Do not believe? Check the video below for a quick comparison between the performances of Firefox and Chrome.

Super Light Weight

Firefox made significant improvements to its new engine and now uses 30% less memory than Chrome:
Source: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/quantum/

New Development Tools

Every developer deserves an awesome development environment. Firefox Quantum ships with a completely revamped DevTools with multiple improvements included. Check more on this blog post to find out more.
Source: https://hacks.mozilla.org/2017/09/firefox-quantum-developer-edition-fastest-firefox-ever/

Privacy Considerations

It's essential that my browser respects my privacy.

The new Photon UI

And, my last personal favorite: the new Photon UI. Simply gorgeous:
Source: https://hacks.mozilla.org/2017/09/firefox-quantum-developer-edition-fastest-firefox-ever/

Bonus: Firefox Focus - Mobile Firefox

I've used many browsers on different mobile devices and honestly, never have been completely satisfied. Lately, I've been using Firefox Focus and if you want speed, privacy in a lightweight browser, you got it there:
Source: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/focus/

Contributions to the Open Standard

Apart from Firefox, Mozilla has been doing very important advances in open science in:
  • Gaming WebAssembly & WebGL;
  • Documentation - Mozilla's Developer Network a extraordinary public documentation resource for developers;
  • Virtual Reality the web - WebVR;
  • Servo - an amazing parallel browser engine 
  • Rust - an amazing open-source programming language that focuses on speed, memory safety and parallelism.
  • Open Codecs - if you use Linux, you know what I mean...
  • Speech and Machine Learning;

Time for a change

If you agree with me and thing that it's time for a more open web, more privacy and security, join me and millions of other users and start using Firefox again!

So what are you waiting for? Go get your Firefox right now!