Firefox Gets Built-In Instant Messaging
Step aside, Skype and Google Hangouts. Now you can instant message with your friends right from Firefox.
The latest version of the browser, Firefox 41, made its debut this week with a new built-in instant messaging feature, letting you send and receive IMs when you're in a Hello video call. At this point, the feature is only available on the desktop version for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
The feature comes after Mozilla in January officially launched the WebRTC-based Hello video-calling feature, developed in partnership with Spanish telecom giant Telefónica, in Firefox 35. Now, for the first time, Hello includes IM support as well.
The latest version of the browser also adds a number of other minor updates, including a new option to personalize your Firefox Account, from which you can access services like Firefox Sync to synchronize your passwords, bookmarks, history, and open tabs across your desktop and mobile devices. Now, you can add a profile photo on the desktop and Android versions, so you'll easily be able to see who you're chatting with via Hello.
As for Android, Firefox 41 lets you quickly search the Web with different providers at once from the search panel and swipe to close tabs on your tablet. The Android version will also now detect and let you know if you bookmark the same page twice.
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