The popular web browser Firefox has now come up with a new way to engage in online conversations with your friends and acquaintances. It is a built inside chatting tool called Firefox Hello that you can access right from the Firefox toolbar. It could be a direct rival to the Skype online chat client and supports text, video and microphone based conversations. Powered by Telefinica, it does not require any additional software to be installed. Although, it works better with a Firefox account, but you can just chat online in the Guest mode too.
You can click on the smiley icon in the toolbar and it will show you a simple floating popup where you can click on the Get Started button to begin the Firefox Hello online conversation.
You are given an “Available” status as a Guest user in the beginning but you can either sign-up or sign-in to your Firefox user account. If you sign-in using your Firefox account, then it will show your user name instead of Guest. In any case, you can click on Start a conversation button to initiate the conversation.
The conversation window is a small floating window that shows up in the lower-right corner of Firefox. You can click on the expand button to turn this Firefox Hello window into a separate window. You have to send the link (via email message or other methods) to someone else so that they can join in the conversation too.
You can choose to use the webcam or microphone instead of plain text based chat if you want to. When a conversation has started, Firefox puts the Firefox sharing toolbar on the top of the Windows desktop which stays on the top of all open windows. This indicates you that your webcam and microphone are being shared by Firefox.
Conclusion: Firefox Hello is a cool new feature in this popular browser that allows you to connect with different people and engage in an online conversation with them. Just like Skype, you can use text based chat, video chat or microphone based conversation in Firefox Hello.