Firefox Takes on Skype With Browser-Based Video Chat


Story by Killian Bell

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.

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