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Firefox Enables You to Experience and Share More on the Web

Firefox puts you in control of your online life and puts everything you need in a personal and customized Web experience. Now, we’re making it easier to experience and share everything you enjoy on the Web with video calling, social sharing and Web apps integrated directly into Firefox.

Firefox integrates three new features directly in the Firefox toolbar or in Customize Mode: Firefox Hello (the first global communications system built directly into a browser), social integration to easily share content with your friends and family through your favorite social sites in one place, and Firefox Marketplace Beta to test Web apps.

Firefox Hello – A simpler way to communicate

Recently, we introduced Firefox Hello, the first global communications system built directly into a browser to make it easier and more privacy friendly for you to have voice and video calls online.

Firefox Hello
Conversation window in Firefox Hello

Firefox Hello is free to use, doesn’t require you to sign up for an account and allows Firefox users to connect to anyone, anywhere in the world so long as they have a WebRTC-enabled browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera. Before Firefox Hello, making a video call meant giving up your email address and possibly more personal information as well as downloading software before you could start the conversation.

Now we’re making it even easier to say ‘hello’ by eliminating some of the call steps and allowing you to save and name your favorite conversations, so you can drop into them as soon as you click a link. Find out more about Firefox Hello here.

Firefox Share – Share the Web through all your favorite social networks

We’re integrating all your favorite social networks in Firefox and giving you a single site to activate your social networks and make it even easier to share Web content without having to leave the website you’re visiting.

Share window in Firefox

Share window in Firefox

To add “Share” functionality in Firefox: visit the Share Activation page and click on the Activate Now link for any social network you wish. Some of the social sites that you can connect with include Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Google+.

Firefox Marketplace Beta – Help Test Apps

Firefox Marketplace Beta is now open for testing on the desktop on Windows, Mac and Linux. Firefox Marketplace Beta is built on open Web technologies to give developers and users the flexibility of creating and consuming consistent and connected app experiences across platforms. Visit our support page for details on how to use Firefox Marketplace Beta.

For More Information:

  • Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux release notes
  • Download Firefox
  • Firefox for Android release notes
  • Download Firefox for Android
  • Firefox Hello Makes Connecting By Video As Simple As In Person

    Conversations should begin by video as simply as they do in person. The fact is they don’t. You have to give up your email address, set up an account and share personal information as well as download software before starting to talk.

    Recently, we introduced Firefox Hello, the first global communications system built directly into a browser to help make things easier.

    Today we’re simplifying the call process by eliminating some steps. After locating the Hello icon in the menu bar or customization panel, simply click the ‘Start a conversation’ button to create your first conversation. Now when you start a conversation, a window opens showing a self-view until the person you have invited clicks on the link and joins you. While you’re waiting for them to join, you can navigate away from this call window to a website. Hello will then notify you when another party joins the room. The Hello icon will turn blue and you’ll get an audio alert.


    Demonstration of Firefox Hello

    Each conversation uses a unique URL for two people to communicate more easily over video or audio. You can create multiple conversations and name them for different occasions, making it easier to go back to the people you speak to regularly without having to create a new link each time. This can all be done without the need for setting up an account or giving up any of your personal information. You might label one conversation ‘121’ for your weekly check-in with a co-worker and another ‘Family time’ for your regular family catch-up. Your saved conversations will always be there when you need them.
    Firefox Hello
    Conversation window in Firefox Hello

    For those of you who want to contact someone directly, you just need to make sure both parties have Firefox Accounts. If your contacts have a Firefox Account and are online, then you can call these contacts directly from Firefox. You can sign into your Firefox Account on every computer you use, so you can be reached at home or at work. If you have a Google account, you can easily import your contacts to your Hello address book. Simply select ‘Import Contacts’ from the address book and then sign into your Google account to give permission.

    Experiencing the Web Together

    We’ve been developing Firefox Hello with our long-term partner Telefónica, and leveraging TokBox technology to help power the service, but this is just the beginning. As we look to expand Firefox Hello into a comprehensive tool for communicating over the Web, we’ll be testing new features like screen sharing and online collaboration so people can be more productive and get the most out of their video calls. This could include things like planning a vacation, shopping online or playing a game while on a video call together. The possibilities are endless.

    So what are you waiting for? Why not say ‘hello’ to someone today! Here’s how to get started.
    We hope you enjoy using Hello and look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.

    Announcing the Mozilla Science Lab Fellowship Program

    With generous support from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, we are excited to announce the Mozilla Science Lab’s first Open Science fellowship program. The grant is one of the first  investments by the Trust’s new funding program dedicated to  collaboration, reproducibility, and infrastructure in biomedical  sciences.

    Our two-year, $1.7 million dollar grant builds on our existing educational work supporting skills training and capacity building for the biomedical and physical sciences. It features a fellowship program for early-career researchers focused on promoting more efficient, collaborative research and building leadership within  the community. The ten-month fellowships will include computational and data training and mentorship needed to serve as open science trainers. In addition to training, fellows will  develop new materials, tools, and projects to further science on the  web.

    The grant also supports curriculum design, a data training program and train-the-trainers activities for researchers, extending the Lab’s existing work to provide learning pathways for researchers around open practice.

    The Mozilla Science Lab, an initiative of the  Mozilla Foundation, works with partners around the world to bring principles and values of the open web to advance scientific discovery. Launched in 2013, the Lab serves as a hub for the research community, providing open science skills training, mentorship and community support to build and scale a community of practitioners working  in the open.

    The first call for fellows goes live this spring, with an initial focus on the biomedical and physical/natural sciences. Join our mailing list for more information or visit us at mozillascience.org. You can also read more about today’s announcement on the Science Lab’s blog.

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