SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has released Firefox 17, bringing integration with social network Facebook.
Mozilla's Firefox web browser just got its latest six-weekly update bumping the version number up to 17. The outfit included the usual batch of bug fixes, claimed performance improvements and has integrated a preview of Firefox's impending integration with Facebook that will allow Firefox users to check on pointless bits of gossip on Facebook without having to switch tabs.
According to Mozilla the integration, which it calls a social sidebar, forms part of its Social API that will support other social networks in the future. Mozilla said users can experience the results of its work by installing Firefox 17 and visiting Facebook's Messenger for Firefox webpage and enabling the interaction between the web browser and Facebook's social network.
Although Mozilla had earlier said that it would cease developing its Thunderbird messaging software product, the firm issued an update that boasts a new menu button and allows users to customise the graphical interface. Mozilla said it will release a second extended support release version of Thunderbird that includes security and bug fixes and incorporate features added since the start of 2012.
Mozilla didn't say which other social networks will make use of its Social API so users don't have to switch tabs but said it wants the API to become "a social standard for the web". However users who prefer Mozilla's Firefox web browser because it isn't produced by a big multinational corporation that gobbles up user data might cringe at Mozilla's decision to integrate with social networks. µ