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Mozilla’s Firefox, one of our favourite web browsers, brings some nifty new features in its latest update. Firefox 35 introduces a cross-platform video chat service called Firefox Hello, lets users beta-test the new Firefox Marketplace, and also bakes in social sharing on the web.

One Click To Call Them All: Firefox Hello

There are plenty of free alternatives to Skype Fed Up With Skype? Here Are 6 Of The Best Free Alternatives Fed Up With Skype? Here Are 6 Of The Best Free Alternatives Five years ago, if you would’ve asked me for recommendations on a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) program, there was only one program available: Skype. If for whatever reason you no longer want to use... Read More , but few have the ease of Firefox Hello. It’s so simple, anyone can use it. You click the Hello icon, start a new conversation, and copy-paste the link to anyone whom you want to video chat with. No sign-ups required!

Firefox Hello will remember your conversations and keep those links alive until you delete them, so you can give each chat window a unique name for the people you call often. And yes, you don’t need Firefox to use it, it will work on any web browser that supports WebRTC, like Chrome or Opera.

You can choose to mute the audio or stop the video at any time. Sign in with your Firefox ID and you can import contacts from other services.

That said, Firefox Hello is still missing a few features. Most importantly, you can’t start group video chats, it’s one-to-one conversations only. Also, you can’t share your screen, like with Google Hangouts or Skype. For the same no-signup experience, Appear.in still seems like the most convenient video chat service Move Over Google Plus Hangouts. Appear.in Is Here & It's Really Good Move Over Google Plus Hangouts. Appear.in Is Here & It's Really Good People have been crying out for a decent video conferencing app for ages. We thought that was Google Plus. We were wrong. Meet Appear.in. Read More . But Firefox Hello is pretty nifty for regular one-on-one chats.

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One Button To Rule Them All: Firefox Share

Browsing and sharing are intertwined, integral parts of the web surfing experience now. Firefox wants to make it easier for you to share content without cluttering up your toolbar. Firefox Share integrates several popular social networks and bookmarking services into a single button.

So whether you want to share an item on Facebook or Twitter, you click the same button in the Firefox toolbar, which will auto-load the content of the page you are viewing. Firefox Share also supports Gmail, LinkedIn, Tumblr and several others. Check out the full list of services—but be warned, some of these are activated in the sidebar (and you’ll see a note for them).

Cleaning up a cluttered toolbar is a great idea, but Firefox Share doesn’t really do a better job than existing services like Buffer. The Buffer extension for Firefox is great for sharing Buffer App For Firefox: The Easiest Way To Schedule Tweets From A Web Page Buffer App For Firefox: The Easiest Way To Schedule Tweets From A Web Page Buffer App offers you the ability to drop links into your Buffer account and the tool queues them for future publishing in your Twitter account. This way you can still enjoy your spontaneous tweeting without... Read More , and you can cross-post to multiple networks simultaneously too. Plus, not all services get compacted into the Share button. For example, the awesome bookmarking service Pocket Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More appears as its own extension icon, defeating the purpose.

One Site To Download Them All: Firefox Marketplace

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Back in 2010, the Chrome Web Store integrated Chrome apps, extensions and themes Google Chrome 8: Introducing The Chrome Web Store Google Chrome 8: Introducing The Chrome Web Store Read More in one place. Mozilla’s answer is the Firefox Marketplace, currently in beta.

So if you want one of the best Firefox Add-ons The Best Firefox Addons The Best Firefox Addons Firefox is famous for its addons. But which addons are the most useful? Here are the addons we think are best, what they do, and where you can find them. Read More , you now have to go to the Marketplace instead of the old Add-ons page. The biggest benefit here seems to be collections of web apps and extensions, like a suite of productivity apps or a curation of “hidden gems” on Firefox. Who knows, you might just discover some more great Firefox extensions that no other browser has 7 Extensions Firefox Users Love That No Other Browser Has 7 Extensions Firefox Users Love That No Other Browser Has Extensions aren't always supported across all browsers. Check out these beloved Firefox-only extensions that are so useful that you may be swayed over from whichever other browser you currently use. Read More !

Get Going With Firefox 35

Firefox 35 also includes built-in support for H.264 (MP4) video on Mac OS X, a new search UI, better performance while resizing high-quality images, and some other improvements. The Android version has improved geolocation services and the Download Manager can now keep track of downloaded files.

Download Firefox 35 for Windows, Mac or Linux

Do these changes, especially Firefox Hello and Firefox Share, make you want to switch to Firefox or will you be sticking with your current favourite browser?

Sources: Mozilla blog, The Next Web

  1. Pallav Chak (Pally)
    July 22, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Firefox Hello Video Chat seems good. Will try the same. But as of now I use R-HUB desktop video conferencing servers for all my video conferencing needs. It works well and provides me 30 day HD video conference.

  2. LoneWolf
    January 20, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Truthfully, I don't want a marketplace. I want a Firefox that's multithreaded, that doesn't wastefully use 2GB of RAM through the Flash plugin and Firefox container before slowing, keeling over and dying, that matches Chrome in rendering speed while maintaining the privacy that Firefox is known for.

    Stop giving me new feature here, new feature there --go back to basics, and actually FIX things, so you bring back the Firefox I knew and loved from years ago.

  3. Zack McCauley
    January 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    So at least with the Marketplace they are copying google. Smart move to be honest. Maybe this will limit the rampant extensions around the web. One of the best things about chrome is that the extensions (excluding a power user who knows how to upload an unpacked extension) only come from the web store. They are made sure to be clean as well and can be flagged by users for issues. Hopefully this will be the way FF heads.

    • Anonymous
      January 15, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Mozilla itself makes sure all firefox extensions from the addons section are clean. Firefox's addons have a much better reputations than Chrome's. So I definitely hope Mozilla will not follow Google, who only tries to get more people in their ecosystem by offering "Chrome apps" for which an account is required.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

      First impression, I really really like Marketplace. It still has some way to go, but it's a step in the right direction.

      I don't know if they have a much better reputation than Chrome's. What makes you say that?

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