Mozilla wants to make user data system-agnostic

— 5:07 PM on March 31, 2008

If you have multiple PCs or Internet-capable devices, you probably have to put some effort into keeping bookmarks and settings synchronized. Tools like Google Browser Sync attempt to make this process easier, but Ars Technica reports that Mozilla actually plans to make synchronization features an integral part of its browser.

Ars took a trip to Mozilla's Mountain View, California HQ and talked with two of the company's staffers about Weave and Mozilla Mobile. Weave is one element of the aforementioned initiative, and it already exists as an extension for pre-release versions of Firefox 3. In short, Weave will allow users to store their settings on Mozilla's servers and retrieve them from any copy of Firefox. Weave will encrypt data at the client level, and it will include a programming interface developers and extension makers can use to store user data "in the cloud."

Ars suggests Weave is an effort complementary to that of the Mozilla Mobile project, which aims to put Firefox on handheld devices like cell phones. Integration with Weave could give a mobile version of Firefox an edge over other mobile browsers, and Ars says Mozilla plans to break new ground in terms of usability, too. Ars' article includes a screenshot of a Mozilla Mobile user interface prototype, which looks a good bit like the iPhone's Safari browser.

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