Firefox's big-bang update brings you speed and a new look

From CNET: Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox Quantum, and even if you long ago switched to Google Chrome, it's worth giving the browser upgrade a spin.

Why? First and foremost, version 57 of the open-source browser is faster -- twice the speed of Firefox 52 from March as measured by the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark. Mozilla knows Chrome won many of us over with performance, but after months testing it, I can affirm Firefox 57 delivers its promised big bang.

Second, Firefox has an important role to play if you care about the value of the web as neutral tech territory -- a place free of the control Apple and Google exert over our phones and the apps we can run on them. Mozilla's mission is to keep the web open and competitive, and Firefox is how Mozilla works to endow the web with new technology like easier payments, virtual reality and fast WebAssembly-powered games.

"Their mission is a good one and does keep pressure up to keep the web open," Gartner analyst David Smith said. "We continue to recommend use of multiple modern browsers."

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