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Firefox: First beta for Qualcomm's Always Connected PCs is here

Mozilla has released the first beta of Firefox for Qualcomm's Windows platform. Mozilla has been working on it for a while and has been releasing Nightly builds on the browser since January 2019. With the beta development is so far advanced that a larger audience can test Firefox.

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Always Connected PCs and Windows 10 on ARM are a relatively new platform with a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm. Windows Firefox had to be adapted for the ARM64 architecture, which obviously is not so easy for a project of this size. For the users it will be an advantage, since the native ARM build should work much faster than the X86 emulation within Windows. At any rate, the emulation did not convince in our test. That the speed rises with a native build, Golem.de already in December 2018 notice.

The Firefox beta, according to Mozilla uses the work on Firefox Quantum as a base. Special attention was paid to the eight-core design of the systems-on-a-chip used to distribute the tasks of the browser as efficiently as possible, according to Mozilla.

The existence of an alternative browser is very important for the platform Windows 10 on ARM, which is why Qualcomm has entered into a cooperation with Mozilla. Microsoft's edge is not so popular with Windows users, but it is currently the only ready-made browser for the ARM-based Windows platform. If you have an Always Connected PC and want to download the beta for testing, you will find it in the Beta section of Mozilla.

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