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Firefox Gets a 64-bit Version for Windows

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Posted: 04:41PM
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In a move that I found to be quite surprising, Mozilla has released a 64-bit version of the Firefox web browser for Windows, a move that is surprising because I just assumed that it had already happened. Mac and Linux users have had a 64-bit version for a while, but it took until release 43 for it to come to Windows. The 64-bit build is for Windows 7 and up, and users of a current 32-bit version will have to download an all new copy rather than upgrading their current install. Users likely won't see much of a difference as "most of the big improvements happen behind the scenes, although the 64-bit version should be able to keep more tabs open without slowing as well as run web apps that require 64-bit support."

Source: PC World



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bp9801 on December 17, 2015 00:25

About time to get an official release instead of the third-party (and excellent, imo) Waterfox alternative.

Guest_Jim_* on December 17, 2015 03:10

Took long enough. Not that the 32-bit version hasn't been working great for me, but they've had 64-bit nightly versions for years, so it's nice to see the switch finally flipped for the release builds.

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Guest_Guest_* on December 23, 2015 13:53
thats why i have continued with the pale moon project 64 bit windows browser for so long...firefox is way behind the times... .
IVIYTH0S on December 23, 2015 16:10

Used to be a waterfox use but then switched back to 32bit Firefox and didn't really notice a difference but it's good news nonetheless.

Guest_Jim_* on December 23, 2015 16:15

Used to be a waterfox use but then switched back to 32bit Firefox and didn't really notice a difference but it's good news nonetheless.

For the large part, I wouldn't expect there to be much difference between them, unless you use a huge number of tabs or visit sites that specifically require 64-bit. (I typically have dozens of tabs in various groups with only some loaded, but even when I have twenty or more loaded up, RAM usage stays near 1 GB for me.)

IVIYTH0S on December 24, 2015 04:58

Used to be a waterfox use but then switched back to 32bit Firefox and didn't really notice a difference but it's good news nonetheless.

For the large part, I wouldn't expect there to be much difference between them, unless you use a huge number of tabs or visit sites that specifically require 64-bit. (I typically have dozens of tabs in various groups with only some loaded, but even when I have twenty or more loaded up, RAM usage stays near 1 GB for me.)
Yeah that's what I figured but considering I do like to do a lot of multi-tab browsing I may just have to check out the new version and see what it brings to the table

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