Mozilla Weave hits 1.0, synchronizes your Firefox experience across devices

By on January 29, 2010, 12:06 PM
Mozilla's browser sync tool, Weave, has finally hit version 1.0 after over two years in development. The add-on is available for both the desktop and mobile versions of Firefox, and uses a cloud-based, password-protected service to securely store and synchronize bookmarks, passwords, filled forms, preferences, your web browsing history and even open tabs between multiple devices running Mozilla's browser.

Users need to create an account and authorize it on all computer systems (or Nokia N900 handsets running Fennec) so that the data can be transferred from Mozilla's servers to each device. If you'd rather sync up your data to your own hardware or cloud space, Mozilla also offers instructions on setting up your own server. Weave is open source and licensed, like Firefox, under the GPL/MPL/LGPL tri-license.

Currently another add-on called Xmarks does bookmark and password synchronization too, and across other browsers, but Weave should provide a more comprehensive solution for Firefox users specifically. Future versions of the service should synchronize add-ons, personas, search plug-ins, and even under-the-hood customizations like about:config tweaks.

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Puiu Puiu said:

Although they worked a lot on it there just isn't enough hype around it. I for one am not exited.

Guest said:

Hi, Mozilla Weave is great, but I would like to see a couple of improvements; First, a few check-marks within the application preferences to select only what I want to Sync - Per example; Let's say I want to sync only my Bookmarks but not Web History, neither Passwords. The other fellows, X-Marks, do provide the option to select only what you want to Sync, but unfortunately, Mozilla Weave syncs everything without giving you a fine grain control of what you want to exclude, it looks you either have to eat the whole enchilada or you have to eat the whole enchilada. Second, I would like to see an option where you can edit your bookmarks online through a SSL connection like X-marks. On the other hand, I do not consider X-Marks better, especially since it jumped from being a bookmarking only service to a Search Spy through their "look what color of toilet paper other people is using" policy

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