Mozilla has completely redesigned its browser with its newest iteration Quantum. In the war of the internet browsers, there is no time for complacency Google Chromes dominates the web browser universe with 55% of the market share. Followed by Apple Safari with a modest 14% market share. Firefox has a 6% of the market share according to the website StatCounter. With the most recent and most significant update in its history with the release of Firefox Quantum.
When Firefox released version 1.0 in November 2004 it was seen as the first credible threat to Microsoft’s aging Internet Explorer Browser. The reason to switch back then was touted as security. The internet was awash with viruses, worm, Trojans and phishing traps. Security and safe browsing even today can differentiate a browser sufficiently enough for users to make the switch.
Mozilla has been left with no choice but to try to establish itself as a ‘third way’. The other major browser companies Google Chrome and Microsoft have shareholders and profitability expectations, while Mozilla is a non-profit organisation. It boasts with some credibility of defending the rights of internet users. This independence is essential in a world that is controlled by the interests of large corporations. They have accordingly made user privacy the centrepiece of Quantum’s new release.
Quantum presents itself to the market full of new features that directly affect user experience.
Firefox Quantum is devilishly fast and with load times ‘twice as fast’ as Firefox was six months ago.
When I installed Quantum on my iMac, I had the feeling that I had opened Chrome by accident. Albeit a refined and improved version of Google’s browser. Firefox cleans the slate with the design which is far more minimalist with the view to give more prominence to the content.
Quantum is presented as 30% lighter than Chrome. Mozilla claims that this is of particular relevance to laptops as reduced consumption of computer resources by one of your primary applications will have a significant impact on battery life.
All of the above while undoubtedly crucial to the heavy internet users, however, there are also some changes in the form of small improvements. One of them is undoubtedly the screen capture integrated into the browser: in one touch you can capture the screen or a portion of it. The interface allows you to manage that content.
I am a Google Chrome user, and the verdict is still out whether Quantum sufficiently improved for me to completely change browsers.
Simon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown. Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses. Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment
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