Afew months ago we announced our plan to build enterprise administrative controls (i.e. a “policy engine”) for Firefox Quantum. These new administrative controls will allow IT professionals to easily deploy a pre-configured installation of the new Firefox to employees’ Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs. Administrators can, for example, set up a default proxy, disable certain features, or package Firefox Quantum along with a collection of Add-Ons or bookmarks.
As we gear up for the release of these administrative controls, we’d like to get feedback from IT professionals interested in deploying Firefox Quantum. Today we invite IT pros to sign up for the beta of a special version of Firefox for business or organisational use: Firefox Quantum for Enterprise.
If you’re an IT professional, why should you provide your employees with Firefox Quantum?
Modern business demands a modern browser
Over the past decade, many businesses have adopted on-demand applications (SaaS) for seemingly everything: tasks like word processing, accounting, file sharing, marketing, and sales tracking. Rather than installing these applications on users’ computers, employees access these applications simply by loading them via a web browser.
This trend has made the web browser the most frequently used and arguably the most critical application that is installed on employees’ computers. The web browser has, in effect, quietly become the operating system for modern business software.
Legacy web browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer and old versions of Firefox) run many of these web applications slowly. Even worse, sometimes legacy web browsers can’t run modern web apps because older browsers don’t support newer web standards these apps rely on. That’s why IT professionals should ensure that their employees have a modern web browser capable of quickly running today’s web apps.
Speed up your business with Firefox Quantum
It’s often said that time is money, and in business this adage certainly rings true. With this in mind, consider the unique impact of your web browser. A browser that loads pages and switches tabs just seconds faster can save users more than fifteen minutes over the course of the day.
So why is it that some browsers are faster than others? And what’s special about Firefox Quantum?
While browsers might seem simple and similar to each other on the surface, they are remarkably different and complex under the hood. Much like cars, browsers have engines with unique performance characteristics.
Firefox Quantum is the result of a years-long effort to dramatically reinvent the quintessential open source browser. Inside Firefox Quantum is an all-new, cutting-edge engine made to harness the power of today’s multi-core computers. Above all things, Firefox Quantum is FAST.
Mozilla, the organisation that makes Firefox, helped pioneer a whole new systems programming language – Rust – and coded major parts of the browser with it. For example, Firefox Quantum uses an algorithm written in Rust to match CSS to HTML. This breakthrough algorithm runs super fast, in parallel across multiple CPU cores, instead of in a sequence on one CPU core.
Firefox Quantum’s unique architecture translates to real user benefit, as it’s often faster than Chrome and Edge, while typically using less memory. With Firefox Quantum, users can open numerous tabs to run web apps, while still having enough RAM available to run traditional desktop apps like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop.
Easy administration, powerful controls
IT professionals can configure and deploy Firefox Quantum for Enterprise through familiar tools. Windows administrators can quickly set policies using Windows Group Policy. Administrators can then deploy the managed Firefox Quantum browser to users’ Windows PCs.
For Mac, Linux, and Windows, administrators can simply include a JSON configuration file inside of Firefox’s installation directory.
From an organisation you can trust
Mozilla is unique among browser makers in that is motivated, not by profit, but by its mission to ensure that the Internet remain a global public resource, open and accessible to all. One of Mozilla’s core principles is that users’ privacy and security are fundamental.
Out of respect for privacy, Firefox does not track user activity to target advertising as other browsers do. To further protect privacy, administrators and users can turn on Tracking Protection, which disables many invisible scripts that follow users from site to site. Tracking Protection also makes browsing the web significantly faster – cutting page load times in half on many sites. To help ensure security, Firefox Quantum sandboxes web page content, creating a boundary that protects your computer’s files and hardware from malicious websites.
Unlike other browsers, Firefox has always been open source.
Firefox Quantum is ready for enterprise testing
Thousands of organisations have deployed Firefox to their employees for years, but Firefox Quantum kicks the browser into a whole new gear. Numerous technology publications have written kind remarks about the new Firefox, but perhaps Wired put it best:
“Ciao, Chrome: Firefox Quantum is the browser built for 2017.” – Wired
If you’re an IT professional interested in providing your employees with Firefox Quantum, we ask that you sign up at firefox.com/enterprise so that we can better understand your business and its requirements. We’ll then provide you with information about how to try out Firefox Quantum for Enterprise. To share feedback and engage with other IT professionals regarding Firefox Quantum, please join our enterprise mailing list.