After reading Nicholas Nethercote’s blog post about using Firefox for one-to-one video calling, I thought I’d try this myself. Note that contrary to what he’s written, the feature (known as “Firefox Hello”) remains in beta as of Firefox 33 being officially released.
The feature is incredibly simple to try out, and seems to “just work”. First, install and run Firefox 34 Beta. Next, locate the “Firefox Hello” feature under the menu:
Firefox will generate a link: simply copy and send this to the remote recipient (who must also be running Firefox Beta):
When they click on the link, you’ll see a notification in Firefox of an incoming call:
Simply click to accept, and hey presto:
You can pop out and expand the call window if needed:
To summarise: no setup needed, point-to-point calling without having to sign up and into a third-party privacy-invading service, and an existing installed base of millions of people. Exciting stuff.