Mozilla is gearing up to take on services like Skype and Viber with a new browser-based video and voice chat feature called Firefox Hello. It’s available for testing inside the latest Firefox beta release, and it’s scheduled to get its public rollout in the coming weeks.
“Firefox Hello provides more value to Firefox users by making it easier to communicate with your friends and family who might not have the same video chat service, software or hardware as you,” Mozilla explains in a post on its blog.
In other words, you can use Hello to connect with loved ones regardless of your setups. Other than the Firefox browser, it requires no additional software or plugins, and you don’t even need to create an account. What’s more, Hello lets you chat to anyone with a WebRTC-enabled browser — including those who use Chrome or Opera instead — and voice and video calling is absolutely free.
To try Hello, simply download the latest Firefox beta and click the chat bubble icon under the customize menu. You can then share a “callback link” with the person you’d like to communicate with, and all they have to do is click the URL to initiate the call.
To make voice and video calling even better inside Firefox, Mozilla has also added contacts management for the first time in this release. You can either add contacts manually, one-by-one — or you can import your entire Google address book in a few clicks.
You’ll find links to the latest Firefox beta for Mac, PC, and Linux via the Mozilla blog link below.