Firefox has begun to roll-out the multi-process version of Firefox for the desktop version. Dubbed “electrolysis” or e10s, the release aims to reduce freezing and make the browser much quicker to respond. It promises to offer a major improvement to the overall browsing experience by separating web content and Firefox UI processes.
During real world usage, this means that when a web page is hogging a large part of a computer’s processing power then it won’t lock up the tabs, buttons and menus. To check whether the feature has been enabled is quite simple. Type “about:support” into the URL bar and if e10s is active, then the user will see “1/1 (Enabled by default)” under the multi-process Windows line.
Plenty of changes have been made to the browser design as well. The search bar will give more suggestions utilizing a larger part of the available display. The redesigned discovery pane can be personalized to suit a users needs and also simplifies installation for featured add-ons to just one click. Security improvements enhancing download protection have also been implemented in this update.
The android version has also received new features. Reading lists have been merged into Bookmarks and Synced tabs into the History Panel. The result of this change is that they will be available across all user devices with Firefox installed.