Apps and Software By Jan. 15, 2015 7:28 am
Firefox Hello lets you video chat simply by sharing a link | Apps and Software |

Facetime and Skype are great for making video calls, provided you want to talk with someone who owns an iPhone or iPad or has Skype installed. Mozilla has a better option: person-to-person calling with no sign-ups, sign-ins, plug-ins, or special devices required.

Getting things going is dead simple. From the Firefox 35 toolbar, just click the cheery Hello icon and start a conversation. Share the link with your family, friends, co-workers, or whoever you need to chat with, and wait for them to click the link. As long as their browser — desktop or mobile — supports WebRTC and can access a camera and mic, they’re good to go.

Once you’ve received a URL for a conversation, it’s there for good. If I want to chat with my parents again in a few days, for example, we can both just click on the same link again. The Hello panel in Firefox maintains a list of all your chat sessions; you can label them so you don’t have to remember which URL corresponds to which contacts and you can delete entries that you no longer need.

It works great on the desktop, and was serviceable on Android in my brief test. Mozilla has marked Hello as a beta, though, so some hiccups are to be expected at this point. Still, it’s off to a great start and things will only get better with future releases.

Let’s not start calling it a Skype or Facetime “killer” just yet, but Mozilla’s Hello is already a big step forward for cross-platform video calling.

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