Mozilla plans to improve Firefox 32-bit installations to the 64-bit model of the net browser when it releases Firefox 56 later this yr.
Whereas steady 64-bit variations of the browser have been obtainable for Linux and Mac OS X for a very long time, the identical can’t be stated for the Firefox 64-bit model for Home windows. Whereas it was supplied as 64-bit growth variations for these , a steady model was not offered for a very long time
Mozilla began to launch Firefox 64-bit for Home windows in December 2015 to the discharge channel. This was first an non-compulsory obtain that customers needed to hunt down, however has since then been made the default.
The group revealed in August 2016 the way it deliberate to make Firefox 64-bit on Home windows the default for suitable programs, and migrate the 32-bit inhabitants on 64-bit structure to the 64-bit model of the browser.
The plan again then concerned integrating the 64-bit model within the Firefox stub installer, making it the default in early 2017 in that installer, and delivery Firefox 64-bit because the default later that yr.
Beginning with Firefox 55, which has a deliberate launch date of August eight, 2017, 64-bit Firefox would be the default choice on Home windows. That is solely the case nevertheless if the Home windows system helps 64-bit and has at the least 2 Gigabytes of reminiscence.
Migration from 32-bt variations of Firefox to 64-bit on Home windows begin with the discharge of Firefox 56. Mozilla plans to launch Firefox 56 on September 26, 2017.
Beginning with Firefox 56, deliberate launch date is September 26, 2017, Mozilla plans to improve Firefox 32-bit installations on 64-bit variations of Home windows to 64-bit variations of Mozilla Firefox.
The identical limitations — a minimal of two Gigabytes of RAM and at the least Home windows 7 — apply to the migration.
The primary purpose why Mozilla plans emigrate Firefox customers on Home windows to 64-bit variations is that it decreases the out-of-memory crash charge and improves safety. Draw back is that 64-bit variations of Firefox use extra reminiscence than 32-bit variations of the net browser.
Mozilla revealed some stats that spotlight these enhancements and modifications:
- About eight% of Home windows customers run programs with 2 Gigabytes of RAM or much less,
- The content material course of crash charge of 64-bit Firefox installations on Home windows with 2GB of RAM is identical as on 32-bit programs on programs, and 20% much less on programs with greater than 2 Gigabytes of RAM.
- The browser course of crash charge of 64-bit Firefox installations on Home windows with 2 Gigabytes of RAM is identical as 32-bit variations of the browser, and about 20% much less on programs with greater than 2 Gigabytes.
- The 64-bit plugin course of crash charge is 50% much less on 64-bit programs with 2 Gigabytes of RAM, and 80% much less on programs with greater than 2 Gigabytes of RAM.
Extra info on the migration to 64-bit Firefox on Home windows is offered on the Mozilla Wiki web site. (by way of Sören Hentzschel)