Firefox 34 is here and the update brings some major changes. First off, Mozilla has ditched Google as its default search engine. The company partnered with Yahoo instead for its search needs, though users can switch back to Google at any time.
Another big change is the way search is handled within Firefox. The new search menu lets you search quickly with multiple search engines like Yahoo, Bing, Amazon, DuckDuckGo, Wikipedia, and more. In the past, you needed to download an add-on or toolbar to get this feature so it’s nice to see Mozilla bake it into the browser.
Last but not least, Firefox 34 includes plugin-free video chat called Firefox Hello by utilizing a web standard called WebRTC. This means you can start a video chat with anyone running a browser that supports the standard, including Chrome (PC | Mac) and Opera (PC | Mac). If you don’t want to bother with installing Skype or a plugin to use Hangouts, then Firefox 34 is your best bet. While no plugins are required, at least one person has to use Firefox to initiate the video call.
Firefox Hello is still in beta so you might not see it yet. To check if you have Hello, click on the menu button and then Customize at the bottom. If you have Hello, the chat bubble icon will show up in the list to the left. If not, you’ll have to wait a bit longer for Mozilla to finish beta testing the feature.
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