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Firefox 41 Released With Built-In Instant Messenger

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Mozilla has announced the release of Firefox 41.

With controversies surrounding previous builds now subsiding Mozilla is going a little easy on the lever. Firefox 41 features a modest batch made of mostly incremental changes.

Among them you’ll find:

  • Profile picture support for Firefox Accounts
  • Instant messaging to Firefox Hello
  • SVG favicon support
  • Box shadow rendering improvements

If you have a Firefox Account (used to sync bookmarks, preferences, etc) you can now set a profile picture for your account from the account management screen.

This picture will show up in several places, including the Firefox menu, and Firefox Hello chats.

Firefox Hello, the built-in WebRTC client, now supports instant messaging. Earlier versions of Firefox Hello only handled audio and video chats. WebRTC security has been toughened up in this release, too.

A full list of changes are detailed in the official Firefox 41 Release Notes. 

There are a few Linux specific bug fixes and tweaks worth a mention, including a fix for a font UI issue on Linux Mint; a patch for Pocket to stop its icon going missing; and HiDPI WebRTC notification icons (geolocation, microphone access, etc).

Download Firefox 41

Firefox 41 will find its way into the Ubuntu Update Manager on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 15.04 over the next 24 hours, so be sure to keep an eye out.

If you can’t wait to try it out you can, as always, download Firefox from the Mozilla website.

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