The Firefox browser has taken a huge beating at the hands of Google Chrome over the past few years. Back in 2011, Firefox was riding high with 26% of those going online using a  desktop or laptop using the browser.  Byt August of this year, market share had dropped to 12%. In that same timeframe, Chrome went from 19% of users in 2011 to 50% of users by August of this year.

Now Firefox is texting its newest version, Firefox Quantum.  The developers promise that it’s twice as fast as the current version of Firefox and uses 30% less memory than Chrome. Of course, for many folks, the important thing about Firefox is privacy. The software is open-source and unlike Google or Microsoft, they don’t collect your date and track your every move.

Now, if you’re ready to give this new version of Firefox a try, click here.

You can download and install to participate in the beta test. Remember, this is still the testing phase. They’re still working out the kinks and some features may change.

Just click the Download button.

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You can either then run the program or save it to your download folder and run the installer later.  Once the installation starts, you’ll see this screen as it installs. If you’re using Firefox, you’ll have to close it while the installation completes.

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Once you install it, you’ll have to look carefully to pick the right icon. They are basically identical with Quantum being just a bit brighter and having a longer fox tail.

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Here’s what it looks like. We’ll explore the new look in future articles.

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If you give this new version a try, let me know what you think.