Mozilla releases first beta of Weave Sync add-on

By on November 17, 2009, 11:37 AM
Nearly two years after unveiling the project, Mozilla is finally offering the first beta of its experimental Weave Sync add-on for Firefox. The service is intended to synchronize bookmarks, passwords and web history across browsers on multiple devices, including smartphones when Fennec is released next year. Data is sent up to Mozilla's servers and back down again to any other instances of Firefox you use.


The updated software is reportedly faster, simpler and less obtrusive for the user than previous versions. Specifically, Mozilla has ditched the “about:weave” config option from the tool, and has set an "interestingness" criteria that works like Firefox's Awesome Bar so that the most interesting of frequently accessed items are synchronized first. There's also a new incremental syncing mechanism that helps boost performance by breaking up data into "chunks" and synchronizing in the background.

The idea behind Weave is to allow a seamless jump from one device to another, so users can pick up their browsing experience, including open tabs and recently closed pages, from precisely where they left off. If you’re using Firefox 3.5 or greater on more than one computer, you might want to give it a try -- though you should keep in mind that Weave is still in beta and could conflict with certain add-ons.




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shaga said:

Says "not valid installation package". :o

shaga said:

shaga said:

Says "not valid installation package". :o

Works now. Their file was corrupt for a second or I was just too fast. :)

Vicenarian said:

Foxmarks (now called Xmarks) does almost the same thing I think...it syncs bookmarks/passwords across computers, even different browsers I think, and has worked great for me for a long time now.

guyver1 said:

Once again Firefox is playing copycat/catchup with Opera

levar said:

Vicenarian said:

Foxmarks (now called Xmarks) does almost the same thing I think...it syncs bookmarks/passwords across computers, even different browsers I think, and has worked great for me for a long time now.

yep but now all browsers are doing this Google latest Beta implemented bookmark sync Xmarks and other bookmark add-ons will be done for I gotta test this out.

Kcircyrd said:

It works well for us, and we trust Mozilla / Firefox to do their homework and be sure it is right before release.

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