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Browser Updates: Firefox Follows Chrome with New Version 83.0


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Shortly after Google Chrome releases its major update, Mozilla has followed with the release of version 83.0 of the Gecko engine based Firefox Browser. 

According to official website, the browser is now up to 15% faster in terms of launch speed. The page loading speed is also reported to be 12% faster than the previous version of the browser. 

New features in version 83.0 also includes an HTTPS-only mode, Picture-in-picture mode, and the ever longed pinch-to-zoom feature that users had been complaining about since forever on several online forums including Mozilla support. 

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The update behind the speed 

The significant change in browser speed is reported to have been achieved through several changes made to Firefox's JavaScript engine - SpiderMonkey

These changed, in addition to the increased browsing speeds, also reportedly reduce memory usage up to 8%. 

While these changes seem smaller when compared to Google Chrome's latest updates, Firefox's numbers were already much lower than Chrome's in terms of memory usage. 

The Other Changes

The HTTPS-Only mode, when turned on, reportedly checks every website for its security and integrity and warns users if a website doesn't have a https version. 

The Picture-In-Picture mode allows users to play videos from webpages with the ability to control the video using keyboard-shortcuts. For instance, arrow keys for moving forward and backwards by 15 seconds. For more keyboard commands, see this.

Pinch to zoom will be supported on touchscreen devices, as well as MacBook trackpad gestures. 

Firefox will support AcroForm - which lets you edit PDFs. The company also claims to have improved PDF reader UI. 

Similar to Chrome, Firefox has also added buttons below the search bar to search for bookmarks and tabs. 

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32 minutes ago, Amul said:

Everyone says mozilla takes up lesser memory but while using the browser itself i have always felt that it is slower than the chrome.... 

For me, In terms of browsing, I felt like it was slow as well, however, minimizing, opening up new tasks, multitasking etc. was much better with Firefox running in the background than chrome and else. 

10 minutes ago, prashidda said:

isn't brave the best among them?

Arguably, but the updates seem promising. And we are yet to see anything exciting and new from Brave. 

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44 minutes ago, avinash said:

For me, In terms of browsing, I felt like it was slow as well, however, minimizing, opening up new tasks, multitasking etc. was much better with Firefox running in the background than chrome and else. 

Arguably, but the updates seem promising. And we are yet to see anything exciting and new from Brave. 

hope we'll get something exciting!!

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