For many of us, social media has become so ingrained in our lives that it’s hard to escape it (not that we would ever really want to in the first place). With the release of Firefox 17, Mozilla recognized this mindset and has completely embraced it.
With its new Social API, Mozilla has made Facebook a much more integrated aspect of the browser itself. With Facebook Messenger for Firefox, on-page chatting with friends is now available, along with notifications, friend requests, and a sidebar of top stories.
Facebook is currently the only social network with these features in Firefox, but one should expect to see others – like Twitter – jumping on board soon.
Firefox 17 comes with a variety of other updates as well, including enhanced developer tools and security features that give users more control over which plugins are updated.
While you’re checking out the new Firefox 17 features, be sure to also enhance the look of your browser with a new browser theme. Here are ten great ones to get you started:
Music Theme for Firefox
Music aficionados will love this Firefox 17 theme, as it gives users the opportunity to listen to live tunes directly in the browser. Whether you love the latest hits or the indie scene, this theme has what you’re looking for.
Christmas for Firefox
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we can truly shift our attention to the Christmas season. Visually, this theme will put you in the right mood for the holidays, but it also has links to great shopping deals, your favorite holiday music and more.
Like the rest of our Christmas themes, this one is sure to put you in the right mood for Christmas. It too contains links to holiday deals, music and a whole lot more.
New York Yankees
Brand Thunder has Firefox 17 browser themes for all 30 Major League Baseball teams, including, of course, the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers continue to be the most popular baseball team in the world, much to the chagrin of fans of every other team out there.
Many of us look to astrology for some sort of guidance and advice in our lives. If you’re an avid follower of your horoscope, you’ll love this Firefox 17 compatible theme. It contains a sidebar of featured news and quick links to Facebook, Twitter and more.
Brand Thunder’s NBA themes – like the Cleveland Cavaliers theme featured above – offer a video sidebar for the latest team-specific and NBA news, along with quick access to Facebook, Twitter and more.
Weather Firefox Theme
This browser skin not only offers a three-day forecast, but it reflects the current local weather conditions as well. For those of us who follow the weather closely, this is the perfect Firefox 17 theme.
With a young, dynamic player like Andrew Luck, Colts fans have plenty to be proud of these days (as if they didn’t get enough of that when Peyton Manning was around).
Mindless Behavior fans will love the quick, easy access to the group’s website, along with its social media pages. This is the essential theme for super fans of the group.
The NHL season is in danger of being completely lost, but true fandom never wavers. Now is the time to show your support for your favorite teams, and to remind yourself that, eventually, the game will return. Chicago Blackhawk fans are some of the most passionate fans in the NHL and it’s no surprise that this Firefox theme is one of the most popular of all the NHL teams we carry.
More Firefox 17 Themes
What better way to start using Firefox 17 than with a new browser theme to go along with it? If you are looking for different designs or other Sports team themes, check our our Firefox Theme Gallery for hundreds of the top themes available online. Better yet, if you don’t find one you like, you can always make your own. Using BT:Engage, users can create their own Firefox theme in less than 5 minutes. Simply sign up for a free account, choose your background colors, upload your images and drag and drop your designs into place. We have hundreds of browser theme fans creating their own Firefox themes every day. Check out some of our user-submitted themes.
Firefox 17 Features & News
For complete news updates about the newest features for the new Firefox 17, feel free to browse some of these excellent articles covering the subject.
- Mozilla Gets Social with Firefox 17 – PCMag
- Mozilla Firefox 17 Released, Drops Leopard Support – Ubergizmo
- Firefox 17 Launches with Integrated Facebook Messenger – Tech Radar
- Firefox 17 Debuts with New Optional Facebook Messenger Integration – eWeek
- Download the New Firefox 17 – Mozilla.org