Mozilla has just taken the first step in becoming a worthy competitor to Microsoft's Skype and Google's Hangouts. Firefox Beta has been updated with a new function called Hello which enables its users to make free video-calls right from the browser's interface without requiring any additional software. The new voice and video communication client is powered by a Spanish company called Telefonica
What's really cool about Hello is that you don't have to set up an account in order to use it. All you need to do is send a link to the person you want to talk to and, as soon as they click on the respective URL, you can begin your chat session. Of course, in case privacy isn't an imperative, you can also create a Firefox account and manage these calls much easier. Furthermore, if you are logged in on multiple devices simultaneously, the call will come through on all of them.
Hello is based on WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) technology, which means that you will be able to also call people who use other browsers that offer WebRTC support (like Chrome and Opera). This new service stands out, because it completely eliminates the inconvenience of having to use the same chatting app to enter video calls. Now all the two participants need is a browser, and they can easily talk to each other without having to pay.
Along with Hello, Firefox Beta came with two other interesting features: a secure Wikipedia search which uses the HTTPS protocol to encrypt the user's query and enhanced tab-mirroring from Android to Chromecast.