PRESS RELEASE: Firefox Quantum Tested
Date: 8 Dec 2017 11:28pm Christchurch, New Zealand
Firefox Quantum - a Quantum Leap ForwardVersion 57 of Mozilla Firefox browser has come out a few weeks back, so is it better? Will your computer open websites faster like they are trying to make out with the new name? Conclusions so far are much faster.
Computer Help NZ's initial ancedotal experience says about twice as fast. Computer Help NZ did some computer lab testing as well. They used a mid range spec computer and set the older version of Firefox to startup opening TradeMe and Youtube in two tabs. Computer Help NZ opened and closed it 5 times and used an app to measure the time to took between double clicking on it and being fully open. Version 56 (the old one) took 10.1 seconds on average (with very little variation between the 5 tests). Version 57 (Quantum) took 7.4 seconds. Not as quick as Computer Help NZ was expecting with their own experiences.
When they tried the same test with just one tab and one webpage, on their own computer repair website, www.chnz.co.nz the time went down from 7.8 seconds to 4.1. The testing tech noticed that TradeMe took quite some time to come up on the computer - so perhaps that made the initial test for Quantum not look that good.
Another test, this time on Computer Help's testing laptop, showed google.com came up in 3.7, from 7.8 seconds - a marked improvement.
Be aware, that part of the reason it's so much faster is many add-ons or extensions have been disabled or removed from the computer browser. Also, Firefox probably won't really ASK if you want to upgrade - though an admin login will pop up when you start Firefox when it's trying to update.
Overall, CHNZ found an improvement in performance. Firefox browser was slower than Chrome but now has caught up. In conclusion, if a computer, laptop or desktop uses Firefox as it's browser - update Firefox to Firefox Quantum.
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