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Firefox 22 launched, supports video and voice calls, P2P file sharing

Tech2.com
Jun 27, 2013 at 04:45pm IST

Mumbai: Mozilla has updated Firefox to version 22, which brings a host of changes that will surely make using the browser a very interesting experience.

The stable version of Firefox 22 hit the web earlier this week, and supports voice calling, video chat and P2P file-sharing in the browser itself. This is made possible due to WebRTC, which is now enabled by default.

This update is a big deal because the WebRTC allows developers to create web apps with built-in voice and video calling, and peer-to-peer file sharing without having to implement third-party plugins or software like Adobe Flash.

Firefox 22 launched, supports video and voice calls, P2P file sharing

Mozilla has updated Firefox to version 22, which brings a host of changes.

Devs can just add a few lines of code and harness WebRTC's PeerConnection and DataChannel components to add video/voice calling and file sharing capabilities to their web apps.

The browser also comes enabled with Asm.js optimisations, which is a subset of JavaScript that lets web apps run almost as well as native programs.

This is a big plus for gaming and 3D apps within browsers, as these can be made to run quite smoothly in the browser environment. Mozilla first demoed this capability at the Game Developers Conference in March.

The company teamed up with Epic Games to port the Citadel demo and Unreal Tournament to Asm.js, and showed off the two ports running natively in Firefox.

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