Facebook Messenger for Firefox launched

With Firefox's web browser market share losing out to both Internet Explorer and Chrome, the folks at Mozilla are clearly trying to stem the tide by offering some additional features to gain some new users. Today, the company announced the launch of Facebook Messenger for Firefox.

In a blog post, Mozilla said that they have been experimenting with the integration of social networking features into Firefox and this new launch represents the first such support for the web browser. The video above shows how the feature can be enabled, which requires both the current version of Firefox to be installed as well as a visit to the official Facebook Messenger for Firefox page. The blog adds:

Once you enable the feature, you’ll get a social sidebar with your Facebook chat and updates, like new comments and photo tags. You’ll also get notifications for messages, friend requests and more that you can respond to right from your Firefox toolbar.

The Facebook website offers up some more technical details on how Facebook Messenger for Firefox was created. Mozilla has created what it calls its SocialAPI which Facebook worked with to help create the Messenger feature for Firefox. Facebook stated:

Mozilla built out the SocialAPI to enable a series of new features to make the experience feel truly integrated, including embedded jewels, ticker stream flyout panels and browser-provided chat tabs.

Facebook previously launched a stand alone Messenger client for Android and iOS platforms in 2011. In 2012, the company launched the Windows 7 Messenger program, and later added support for Windows XP and Vista.

Source: Mozilla blog

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Two words. RockMelt wannabe.

But it actually is a good thing. Since the retirement of Flock, it's good to see this.

astroXP said,
Two words. RockMelt wannabe.

But it actually is a good thing. Since the retirement of Flock, it's good to see this.


Rockmelt haulted their PC version at this time since they can't keep up to date with chromium, so facebook messenger for firefox is probably the best solution for now

link6155 said,

Rockmelt haulted their PC version at this time since they can't keep up to date with chromium, so facebook messenger for firefox is probably the best solution for now

which disappointed me because their browser was really useful

Rappy said,

which disappointed me because their browser was really useful

In case you didn't know, you can get RockMelt onto your iPad if you have iPad.

opposite effect over all.. if this is what was driving people to other browsers
THEY would ALREADY have this functionality. On the contrary they are simple and basic.
Hence the attractiveness of people using them. Firefox = complicated and scary for noobs.
combined with idiots who butcher their Firefox installs with moronic crap and poor maintenance and then bash it and jump to Chrome.. and then proceed to proclaim Chrome is better. To people doing that i'd have to say buy an extra stick of ram ahead of time lol

I use Chrome for auto language translation for select sites, other than that there is nothing i like about it or IE or whatever..
Its all about default settings and customization options in a crowded browser market.
And as much as i think this news is bloated garbage at least its a feature that can be used if you want to.
"Social Media" can jump off a cliff for all I care.. that and "Cloud" crap and all this other industry buzz word bull is a hoolahoop spinning cabbage patch furby waiting to die with tickle me elmo !
There was a time when advanced computer users had value.. years ago Mozilla would have been trying to do stuff to impress and attract the advanced PC users now a days they are pandering to the Facebook Pro's.
The kind of target demo that couldn't tell you what CPU they have or even who made it and their primary usage is Youtube, Twitter, Online Poker, Facebook and now Windows 8 cr'apps lol

I am Not PCyr said,
opposite effect over all.. if this is what was driving people to other browsers
THEY would ALREADY have this functionality. On the contrary they are simple and basic.
Hence the attractiveness of people using them. Firefox = complicated and scary for noobs.
combined with idiots who butcher their Firefox installs with moronic crap and poor maintenance and then bash it and jump to Chrome.. and then proceed to proclaim Chrome is better. To people doing that i'd have to say buy an extra stick of ram ahead of time lol

I use Chrome for auto language translation for select sites, other than that there is nothing i like about it or IE or whatever..
Its all about default settings and customization options in a crowded browser market.
And as much as i think this news is bloated garbage at least its a feature that can be used if you want to.
"Social Media" can jump off a cliff for all I care.. that and "Cloud" crap and all this other industry buzz word bull is a hoolahoop spinning cabbage patch furby waiting to die with tickle me elmo !
There was a time when advanced computer users had value.. years ago Mozilla would have been trying to do stuff to impress and attract the advanced PC users now a days they are pandering to the Facebook Pro's.
The kind of target demo that couldn't tell you what CPU they have or even who made it and their primary usage is Youtube, Twitter, Online Poker, Facebook and now Windows 8 cr'apps lol

Try making a coherent point using real words and sentences before bashing others. Less 'lol' and run-on sentences and more punctuation would be a good start.

yowanvista said,
Seems cool but can't open anything in new tabs (middle mouse button/right click>new tab).

If people are THAT lazy to put a Facebook bookmark in handy, and just click it to get the full website - or better yet, set it as their homepage if they're so addicted to it - they can just go to hell for all I care.
Talk about lazy, man!

Aethec said,
Desperate company is desperate.

B.S I don't see how that is desperate for Firefox, the feature is disabled by default. and is not turned on unless the user choose to do so at the Facebook messenger home page. It's not going bother regular users, It's funny when Firefox does something new like this (it's desperate) but when chrome does it's brilliant.

Edited by Sub_Zero_Alchemist, Dec 4 2012, 5:12am :

Hey guys instead of implementing multi-thread rendering, we give you Facebook. FACEBOOK. FACEBOOK! Please use our browser.

Firefox is slowly turning into the Mozilla/Netscape Suite. They seem to have forgotten what it was that made it good - a simple, browser with a great extensible plugin system. I keep seeing new features "built-in, but not enabled". This is wrong, this is not how it was supposed to be. Somebody needs to spin it off and trim it down to it's basic, fundamental parts and start again. How ironic.

The latest betas of Firefox 18 are unusable due to graphics tearing. How can they mess up 2D graphics handling? And the devs insist the problem is the user's machine. Oh really? When the issue doesn't happen on ANY OTHER APPLICATION? Firefox has become the bloated behemoth it was originally designed to replace. Let it die, already. Chrome has eaten Firefox's lunch.

fuzi0719 said,
The latest betas of Firefox 18 are unusable due to graphics tearing. How can they mess up 2D graphics handling? And the devs insist the problem is the user's machine. Oh really? When the issue doesn't happen on ANY OTHER APPLICATION? Firefox has become the bloated behemoth it was originally designed to replace. Let it die, already. Chrome has eaten Firefox's lunch.

It's beta software what did you expect really? instead of ranting and raving, submit the bugs through the submit feedback where you downloaded it or file a bug report. Again throwing out the use of the word bloat when you have no idea what your talking about. how about instead of spewing off nonsense, you just go use chrome already. since you already made up your mind.

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