Mozilla on Monday announced that Firefox 17 now includes a Facebook messaging sidebar for easier communication with a users Facebook friends list.
The opt-in feature allows users to quickly access Facebook Messenger from any page on the web. Users can also see their Facebook notifications whenever using the browser and they are given the option to hide the sidebar when not in use.
In a public statement regarding the release of Firefox 17′s new feature Mozilla states:
“As social sites have become a key part of people’s online lives, we want to make it easier to use the Web the way you want.” read more
The folks at the Mozilla Labs seem to be pretty hard at work lately. The reason – a new a product called Raindrop. Â And guess Â what? Â Amidst the explanations laid out on the Mozilla Labs site, I could only think of one thing – it’s Mozilla’s version of Â Google Wave and and also a sanitized take on Twitter’s model. read more
Valleywag, ie Gawker these days, runs a story about a rumor stating that Google might stop pumping money into Firefox, and start pushing their own web browser instead, Google Chrome. The angle is pretty aggressive against Google, and the story is wrapped up with this paragraph:
It makes sense that Google would want to support its own Chrome Web browser. And yet bullying a nonprofit would seem to clash with Google’s “don’t be evil” motto. Perhaps “don’t lose money” has become more important.
So by now most of us have learned that Google finally is entering the browser market, with Google Chrome, an open source browser that promises a lot, but is yet to be released. It is due today, Tuesday, for in a beta version for Windows only, with Mac and Linux versions on the way. While we wait for something truly substantial on this, here’s some required reading:
Personally, while I’m excited about a lot of things in Google Chrome, I’ll keep quiet until the browser is actually available in beta. It sounds good though. One final thought, however. Google went with Webkit (used in Safari), not Mozilla’s Gecko engine. That’s got to hurt…
Mozilla Labs has introduced Ubiquity, a new method of interacting with the World Wide Web – and one that allows you to create mashups and more integrated communications.
We’ll let Aza Raskin from Mozilla Labs explain:
Youâ€™re writing an email to invite a friend to meet at a local San Francisco restaurant that neither of you has been to. Youâ€™d like to include a map. Today, this involves the disjointed tasks of message composition on a web-mail service, mapping the address on a map site, searching for reviews on the restaurant on a search engine, and finally copying all links into the message being composed. This familiar sequence is an awful lot of clicking, typing, searching, copying, and pasting in order to do a very simple task. And you havenâ€™t even really sent a map or useful reviewsâ€”only links to them.
This kind of clunky, time-consuming interaction is common on the Web. Mashups help in some cases but they are static, require Web development skills, and are largely site-centric rather than user-centric.
Itâ€™s even worse on mobile devices, where limited capability and fidelity makes this onerous or nearly impossible.