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Firefox update brings built-in instant messenger

By midian182
Sep 24, 2015
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  1. The latest update of Mozilla’s Firefox browser, version 41, has been released for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android with some handy new upgrades including an integrated messenger feature based around Firefox Hello, the browser’s integrated VoIP client.

    "Firefox Hello Beta, developed with our partner Telefónica, is the global communications system built directly into a browser and it will now let you send and receive instant messages when you're in a video call in Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux," explains Mozilla.

    To access the new feature, make sure you’re using the latest version of Firefox (if it hasn’t updated automatically, open the menu in the upper right corner of the browser, click the ‘?’ symbol at the bottom of the drop down menu and then select ‘about Firefox’) and click the smiley face icon in the menu bar. This will open up a small window where you can have an audio or video chat with someone and exchange instant messages. The feature only works on the desktop version for now.

    Additionally, version 41 brings updates to the Firefox accounts feature, which allows users to synchronize their passwords, bookmarks, history and open tabs across multiple desktop and mobile devices. The update also gives users the ability to personalize their Firefox account profiles by adding a photo so contacts can see who they’re communicating with.

    For the Android version of Firefox the upgrade brings the ability to perform searches from multiple sources like Google and Bing, improved bookmark detection to avoid duplicates, and swipe-to-close on tablets.

    For a list of everything that’s new, improved and fixed in Firefox 41, check out the release notes.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,902   +528

    I really don't understand why google didn't integrate google talk or hangouts directly into chrome for desktops. (especially since many use their google accounts with it)
     
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  3. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    my ram don't approve !!
     
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  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    They did, long ago. When you log into Gmail it just about smacks you right between the eyes. ;)
     
  5. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,902   +528

    that's different.
     
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    How's that different?
     
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    It's on gmail, not in the browser, if you close your gmail tab or use thunderbird or other email clients it won't come up.

    Firefox, on the other hand, according to what is read, comes with the browser.
     
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  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    It's always a case of monkey see, monkey do so if Google notices FF users fancy the feature they'll probably quickly incorporate Hangouts into Chrome itself or release an extension for it in the Chrome store.
     
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    Buuuuuuuuut the important thing is it's not the same. In the near future they haven't released any kind of clue it will, so it probably won't.
     
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,591   +335

     

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