BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Firefox is no longer lagging behind the other browsers, because the 64-bit Firefox has finally arrived.
Although perhaps many of you did not know this, Firefox has been operating on only 32 bits so far and it was well behind its competitors. Google released the 64-bit Chrome version for Windows in August 2014, while Safari and Internet Explorer have had the 64-bit option for Windows since 2009 and 2006.
Luckily, Firefox has finally managed to catch up with its rivals.
But what is the actual difference between a 32-bit browser and a 64-bit browser? It blocks ad trackers better, which guarantees improved privacy protection and faster loading of web pages. Also, the blocking of trackers will be of three different kinds: classic blocking, blocking by default and blocking of all types of tracker.
The address bar will offer suggestions, if a history is kept of the previous searches. And, finally, Firefox will close any extensions different from itself, which can be reactivated manually, one by one.
But there is one condition, though. All of these features will be available to you only if your Windows is not older than the 2007 version.
So, the bottom line is that your speed will not increase, but you should benefit from better security and your computer will be more compatible with applications. You will also be able to have hundreds of tabs open at the same time and to use more complex programs, especially games.
Mozilla has been developing the 64-bit version for a long time. Back in 2012, it already had the version for Linux and OS X, but it stopped work on the one for Windows. Not much was lost, however, as it resumed the development only a month later.
And it was important to have it ready, so as to be able to keep as many of its customers that are planning to switch to Windows 10, even though Windows 10 comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
The 64-bit Firefox will now be able to take better advantage of the more advanced processors released over the last years and will be able to deal with more than only 4 GB of memory that the 32-bit version had available.
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