Mozilla Weave 1.0 syncs Firefox user data


— 6:00 AM on February 5, 2010

We recently wrote about the release of Google Chrome 4.0, which lets users synchronize their bookmarks across multiple systems. Well, Firefox users can now enjoy the same functionality—and no, not with a third-party add-on. As Ars Technica points out, Mozilla has released version 1.0 of Weave, its official synchronization extension for Firefox.

The Mozilla Weave Sync extension is downloadable right now from the Mozilla Add-ons website. The organization has actually gone further than mere bookmark synchronization, as the official feature list attests:

  • Get the same results on the Smart Location Bar across your devices, so you can get to your favorite sites with just a few keystrokes
  • Get up and go. You can continue what you were doing: have the ability to open any tab you have open on all your devices.
  • Keep the same list of bookmarks on all your devices.
  • Typing is hard. Now, you can easily sign in to all your favorite sites using your saved passwords (this is especially handy on mobile phones, where it's hard to type in complex passwords)
  • Do it all securely: Weave Sync encrypts user data before uploading it to Mozilla's servers, so that only you can access your data
  • In other words, Weave Sync keeps track of your bookmarks, history, saved passwords, and tabs.

    Ars Technica's article shows how to get up and running with Weave, and it also includes a fairly detailed look at how the extension behaves, both on PCs and with Firefox Mobile. The author concludes that Weave "has become one of the most powerful and compelling solutions for synchronization that is available for the Firefox Web browser."

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