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Firefox 17 Released, Adds New Social Feature

Another month, and we’re graced by another release of the Firefox web browser.

Now on version 17, this latest release introduces a number of new features, including a new social API, larger icons in the ‘awesome bar’ and ‘click to play’ warnings on out-dated plugins.

For a full list of changes refer to the official release notes.

Social API

The  new’Social API” introduced in Firefox 17 is, so far, only supported by one website: Facebook.

When enabled, it adds a ‘persistent’ notification strip to the right-hand side of the toolbar. Here you’ll get alerts to new notifications, messages etc. It also allows you to have the Facebook chat sidebar enabled on all websites you browse.

Mozilla are said to be courting other popular online services, including Twitter, to add support for it, though with code and documentation readily in the open anyone is free to add support for it right now.

To switch it on for Facebook head over to facebook.com/about/messenger-for-firefox

Download Firefox 17

Firefox 17 can be downloaded from the official Firefox website. Hit the link below to head over there.

Download Firefox 17

Don’t forget that if you’re using Ubuntu (or a distro based on it) you don’t need to do anything to get this update: it will arrive via the Software Updater/Update Manager in the coming day or so.

How’s that for service?