Firefox 22 Enables WebRTC by Default
Article by George Norman
On 26 Jun 2013
Mozilla has just rolled out version 22.0 of its Firefox browser. By default, this latest version enables WebRTC, the standard for real time communication on the web.

Firefox version 22 has just been rolled out to the public, Firefox 23 entered Beta, and Firefox 24 entered Aurora. Focusing on the stable version, on Firefox 22, the big news is that WebRTC is enabled by default in this version.


WebRTC, an open project supported by Google, Mozilla, and Opera, enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs. Or to put it in other words, WebRTC enables browser to browser applications for voice calling, video chat and P2P file sharing without plug-ins. It is the aim of the project to enable rich, high quality, RTC applications to be developed in the browser via simple Javascript APIs and HTML5. A common platform lets all devices communicate and share audio, video, and data in real-time.

WebRTC is the standard for real time communication on the web; it enables video calls and file-sharing directly in the browser, all without the need for plug-ins or third-party software. Developers can create web apps that support video calls, voice calls and file sharing. And users can enjoy these features from within the Firefox browser, without having to install any extra software.

“This technology makes it possible to place and receive video calls from a mobile or desktop browser or share live video, files and images with friends and family. Mozilla demonstrated this at Mobile World Congress, in partnership with Ericsson, to show how Firefox can integrate seamlessly with a users’ mobile phone and make voice or video calls and share files,” explained Mozilla. “WebRTC opens up endless potential for future communications on the Web.”

And speaking about enjoying stuff within the browser, another exciting thing about Firefox 22.0 is that it comes with a new set of optimizations for asm.js, a supercharged subset of JavaScript. Developers can use this to create high-intensity applications, like 3D games and photo processing apps – or to port full native applications to the web. And users can enjoy them on the web, within their browser, without having to install additional software or plug-ins.

Another interesting thing about Firefox 22 is that it lets you manage social services from the Add-ons Manager. I am sure that you’re familiar (if you’re not, click here) with Firefox’s Social API and the fact that several social services have been integrated within the browser. The news is that you can manage said social services from the Add-ons Manager if you’re using the latest release, Firefox 22.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, WebRTC, update asm.js
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