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Firefox's latest browser has built-in instant messaging

Steve Dent, @stevetdent
September 23, 2015
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Mozilla is rolling out Firefox 41 to desktop and Android users and says it's now the first browser to have built-in instant messaging. That feature only works on the desktop version for now, but lets you IM directly from a Hello video call whether you're on Windows, Mac or Linux. Because Hello is WebRTC powered, you can chat with Chrome or Opera users once it's supported on those browsers. If you happen to use Firefox's chat (which Mozilla co-developed with Telefonica) instead of say, Skype, it could come in handy if you're traveling and using an internet cafe.

Hello users can also see who they're chatting with, thanks to a new option to set a profile photo on the desktop browser. As for the Android version, users can now use multiple providers like Google and Bing at once from the search panel and swipe to close tabs. It also has improved bookmark detection so that you can avoid duplicates. Firefox for Android now correctly plays MP3 files, and both it and the desktop version have numerous bug fixes. The latest versions are now rolling out, and depending on your settings, you'll either get it automatically or be flagged that it's available.

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