On January 18th, Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 18, the latest version of its open-source web browser. This version of the popular browser touts a speed, graphics and networking improvement over its predecessors. Firefox 18 was designed to help keep up with the popularity of browsers like Google’s Chrome and others.
David Anderson, a Mozilla engineer, says IonMonkey actually increases speed of its browser by 26%. To catch up with Chrome, Anderson says, “We still have a long way to go: Over the next few months, now with our fancy new architecture in place, we’ll continue to hammer on major benchmarks and real-world applications.” In December 2012, Firefox finished second with 22% of the global browser market, compared to Chrome’s 36%.