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Firefox 33 beta arrives with WebRTC audio and video calling, sending video to Chromecast and Roku from Android

September 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by The Next Web

Following the release of Firefox 32 just two days ago, Mozilla today updated its Firefox Beta channel to version 33 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Unlike the previous release that was more focused on performance and security, this one adds new features that the company is eager to have its community try out.

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The biggest addition in this release is the introduction of an experimental Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) feature. By building it directly into Firefox, users of the browser can make free voice and video calls without needing to download additional software or plugins, and don't even need to create an account.

Mozilla argues the current state of communication platforms is unacceptable:

There are a growing number of online communication services which are incompatible with each other, making it hard to communicate with your friends and family who might not have the same service, software or equipment as you. In order to use one of these services, you have to register an account and also give up your personal information in exchange for the right to use the services.

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