Firefox 17: Mozilla's Browser Goes Social
Article by George Norman
On 21 Nov 2012
Mozilla has just released version 17 of its popular Firefox web browser and the interesting thing is that this latest edition comes with support for the new Social API and prelim integration with Facebook Messenger for Firefox.

Firefox 17, which has just been rolled out to the public by Mozilla, comes with two new features that make the web browser more social and safer: support for the new Social API and click-to-play blocklisting.
  • 1. Support for Mozilla’s Social API and Facebook Messenger integration
Thanks to the new Social API, social services can integrate into Firefox, thus allowing you to have a more social browsing experience. Features such as a social sidebar, toolbar notification buttons and the ability to easily chat with your friends are provided via the new Social API. As you surf the web, you can stay connected to your favorite social site and with your friends without having to open new tabs or switch between tabs.


Speaking about staying connected to your favorite social network and staying in touch with friends, it must be said that Facebook Messenger for Firefox is integrated in the latest version of Mozilla’s web browser. You can use Facebook Messenger within the Firefox browser by going to this page and then clicking the Turn On button.
  • 2. Implemented click-to-play blocklisting to prevent vulnerable plugin versions from running without the user’s permission.
Outdated or vulnerable plugins pose a security threat for Firefox. The latest release, Firefox 17, handles this situation by preventing said plugins from loading by default – they have to be activated by the user. Mozilla thus has a more user-friendly way of warning Firefox users that they’re using plugins that should be updated.

Windows users can get Firefox 17 right here on FindMySoft. And so can Mac users.
Please note that Firefox 17 dropped support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Fore more information on what Firefox 17 has to offer, check out the release notes here.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Facebook, Social API, security, plugin
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