In early 2015, Firefox integrated Hello, a video communication service that works straight from the browser. Now Hello includes a Firefox instant messaging feature, which we can use to chat with our friends, even if they are on different browsers. Let's see how the Firefox instant messaging works.
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What is Firefox Hello?
Firefox Hello is a service like Google Hangouts or Skype for Web, with the difference that it is integrated into Firefox since version 35. It also doesn't require any account to use it, on Mozilla or otherwise.
For the first few months of its life, Firefox Hello only allowed video and voice communication. Now, it also includes instant messaging functionality.
Do we have the proper version of Firefox?
Since the Firefox instant messaging feature is introduced on Firefox 41, its is important to check our Firefox version. For most of us, Firefox will automatically update to the latest version, but it doesn't hurt to look.
We just need to click on the menu, select the "Open Help Menu" button...
...and click on "About Firefox".
If the version if 41.0 or greater, we are good to go.
How to use the Firefox instant messaging service
We don't need an account of any type to use Hello and the Firefox Instant Messaging. We just click on the smiley icon on the toolbar. If this is the first time we are using Hello, we select "Get Started".
This will open the Firefox Hello page, where we click on the "Start a conversation" button.
To add more people to our discussion, we need to send them a special link, which Firefox has created for us. We can email it, copy and paste it, or share it through the social media.
As soon as our friend or friends click on this link and join the conversation, we can exchange instant messages.
Even though Hello is a Firefox-only feature, the link will work on other major browsers that support WebRTC, including Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Opera.
Of course, only a Firefox user can initiate a conversation and invite other users to chat or do a video conference. But it's good that not every participant needs to use Firefox.
How did you like the Firefox instant messaging?
Will you be using the Firefox instant messaging? Are you satisfied with other instant messengers, and feel that Hello is too little, too late? Leave us a comment.
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