Firefox 58 now official with tracking protection and faster graphics
Mozilla unleashed Firefox 57 Quantum last year, in November. That version was capable of finally speeding up things for Firefox users, but it looks like there is room for even more speed. Firefox 58, released earlier today, picks it up exactly where its predecessor came to a halt.
Available on all major platforms, Firefox 58 comes with the following highlights:
- tracking protection built-in (third browser to offer it, after Opera and Brave)
- updated bookmark manager (Android version)
- increased graphics performance
- faster page load times
- improved support for progressive web apps (Android version)
The tracking protection feature works like one of the many ad-blocking addons available for all browsers nowadays, only that in this case, it is a part of Firefox. According to Mozilla's tests, it sometimes can help to increase the loading speed of an advertising-heavy page by more than two times. Those who care about their privacy can also choose to enable the tracking protection capabilities of this browser 24/7.
Sadly, the user profiles created in Firefox 58 are not supported in previous versions. In this case, you might want to think twice before choosing to downgrade to a previous version. Hopefully nobody will have to do that as Firefox 58 seems to work just fine.