Only a short while ago, Firefox swept the world, not only by programmers love, has become ordinary people's desktop guest, had reached the highest share share reached seven or eight. But now, according to the global browser report, Google Chrome has been firmly in the dominant position for almost two years. Just take NetMarketShareBrowser data in JulyChrome accounts for nearly 60%, while Firefox is only 12.32%.
In order to restore the decline, Mozilla is preparing to enlarge the counterattack, the focus is expected in November 14th this year, released Firefox 57. Allegedly, in order to attract users, so that users understand the advantages of Firefox to competitors, Firefox 57 browsing speed will be significantly improved. It speeds up browser improvements through the Quantum project; Stylo speeds up formatting; Quantum Flow, correcting bug that causes speed drops; Quantum Compositor; speeding up Web presentations and so forth. This release will lay the foundation for the WebRender that uses GPU to speed up Web display.
In addition, according to foreign mediaBleepingComputerThe latest news, Firefox 57 will stop supporting additional components of the old version of Firefox. This means that from Firefox 57, browsers will only support components written on newer versions of WebExtensions SDK, and all older plug-ins written on the XUL based Add-Ons SDK will stop working.
Firefox's move should also be aimed at ensuring speed, but it is a worry. After all, a large number of components of Firefox are actually one of its strengths and one of the reasons for its popularity over the years. Prior to the news, as of April this year, WebExtensions based components accounted for only 19.3% of the total. Even months after the new release, it is not difficult to predict that a large number of components will not work after the new version is upgraded.