Firefox Beta adds ‘preliminary support’ for Social API
Mozilla announced today that its Firefox Beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux will support Social API, a framework that will allow developers to integrate social-networking features directly into the browser. Mozilla was quick to point out that the Social API support is “preliminary” at this point, seeming to indicate it isn’t fully baked and ready for primetime.
Mozilla didn’t offer up too many details on how the social features might be integrated into the browser. However, the organization did say that it envisions developers allowing the browser’s users to “to keep up with friends and family anywhere you go on the Web without having to open a new Web page or switch between tabs.”
Although Mozilla thinks the API will be ideal for social networks, it hopes that e-mail providers, news outlets, and financial sites will also use the interface to integrate their own features into the browser.
Mozilla will start testing the Social API “soon” and will open it up to Firefox Beta testings in the coming weeks. The first implementation will be Facebook Messenger integration.
A new version of Mozilla’s browser, Firefox 16, was re-released yesterday, one day after the company yanked the software to address security flaws.