Use a 64-Bit PC? Instead of Firefox, Try Waterfox 9.0
By Katherine Noyes, PCWorld
Earlier this year I wrote about Pale Moon, a version of Mozilla’s popular Firefox browser that’s optimized for extra speed on Windows.
Besides its focus on speed, another interesting difference in Pale Moon is that it’s available in a 64-bit version, where Firefox is not–at least not with an officially supported release.
Users of 64-bit machines also have another option, however, and that’s Waterfox, a version of Firefox that’s optimized for speed on 64-bit systems. Along with last week’s Firefox 9 release, the Waterfox project released version 9.0 of its own software.
Ready for a run-down? Here are some of the key features Waterfox offers.
‘Further Performance Increases’
Waterfox bills itself as a high-performance browser based on Firefox that’s made specifically for 64-bit systems and optimized for speed.
Users on older systems will find that the 64-bit browser loads faster and is much more responsive than 32-bit Firefox, the project says, while on newer hardware, Waterfox allows users to enjoy their systems’ full potential.
“In benchmarks, the 64-bit variant of Firefox outperforms the 32-bit variant,” according to the Waterfox website. “Also because this variant is being built specifically for Windows, there might be further performance increases.”
Add-ons are fully supported, and major plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, Sun Java, and Microsoft Silverlight all have supported 64-bit binaries available, the project notes.
A Free Download
Also included were some Waterfox-specific updates, however, including a smaller set of final code.
Users of Waterfox must have Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x64) installed. That software along with Waterfox 9.0 and its associated plug-ins are available for free on the Waterfox download page.
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