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Mozilla releases Ionmonkey Javascript engine in Firefox 18 beta

Claims significant performance improvements
Tue Nov 27 2012, 15:12
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has let loose its latest Ionmonkey Javascript engine in the Firefox 18 beta release.

Mozilla's rapid release schedule for Firefox means that it puts out a new stable release every six weeks, but in between that the outfit issues beta updates that will soon appear in the release channel. Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 18 beta sporting its new Ionmonkey Javascript engine for those on the beta channel.

Back in September Mozilla claimed that the Ionmonkey Javascript engine showed significant performance improvements over the Jaegermonkey Javascript engine that powers Firefox. While the open source outfit's big change in Firefox 18 will be the Ionmonkey engine, it also announced Retina display support for those using Macbook Pro computers and support for W3C Touch Events.

According to Mozilla the Ionmonkey engine is not all about performance improvements and the new architecture will help the organisation in terms of code maintenance and future Javascript compiler research. Mozilla said that Ionmonkey provides a 26 percent improvement in Firefox 18 over Firefox 17 in the Kraken benchmark, while on Google's V8 benchmark it shows a performance increase of seven percent.

Mozilla has also released Firefox for Android beta updates that it claims include performance improvements along with updated phishing and malware protection.

Firefox users who want to try the Firefox 18 beta release can download it now, while those on the release channel will have to wait a few more weeks for the final release of Firefox 18. µ


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