Waterfox Is Firefox Optimised For 64-Bit Windows

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Windows: If you'd like your web browser to run a bit faster, Waterfox is a Firefox clone built to run faster on 64-bit processors.

Mozilla still hasn't officially released any 64-bit builds for Firefox, and Waterfox aims to fill that void. It has one main goal: speed. The developers have tweaked a lot of Firefox's codebase to work better with 64-bit processors, so if you're running a 64-bit version of Windows, it should give you a solid speed boost. It also updates whenever Firefox does, so you're never behind, and uses your current Firefox profile, so you don't have to do any extra setup. All of your add-ons should work out of the box, too.

If you don't like Waterfox for any reason, you might also check out previously mentioned Pale Moon, another Windows-optimised Firefox build. It updates a bit less quickly than Waterfox, and lots of users find Waterfox to be faster, but Pale Moon also has a few other UI tweaks. Hit the link to check out Waterfox.

Waterfox is a free download for Windows only.

Waterfox [via PC World]


    Using right now, so far no real noticeable difference except for the pretty blue logo. All my plugins are working too. Seems like a wait and see for now, but thanks guys, this is one of the reasons I visit this site.

      Erm, addendum... don't change back and forth between one version and the other! Otherwise it will go through the full addon check each time. Shouldn't be an issue if you use one version and stick to it.

    Considering most people have decent amounts of RAM these days and also considering that Win7 Home Premium 64bit is the one you see on most pre-configured laptops and desktops these days.. I have been wondering why FF has been taking so long to bring out a 64bit version....

    ...will grab this tonight.

    Been using it all day and it does run sweet. Seems to start up and load pages quicker too. Wouldn't mind doing a speed comparison with Chrome at this point

    Is this still as secure as Firefox? security hasn't been compromised has it?

    Significantly faster startup and page loading here. Win 7 Ultimate 64, Core i5, 8GB RAM.

    Whats the difference between this and the 64bit build in the FireFox Nightlys?

      Waterfox is an OPTIMIZED Build of Firefox (yes it's Firefox not FireFox) x64 Nightly. It's basically more of a finished product than the nightly builds.

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