Weave Sync is a prototype that encrypts and securely synchronizes the Firefox experience across multiple browsers, so that your desktop, laptop and mobile phone can all work together. It is part of the Weave project, which aims to integrate services more closely with the browser.
What is Weave Sync all about? In short, Weave Sync lets you securely take your Firefox experience with you to all your Firefox browsers — including our mobile browser, codenamed Fennec. It currently supports continuous synchronization of your bookmarks, browsing history, saved passwords and tabs. For example:
- Get the same results on the Smart Location Bar on each of your Firefox browsers, so you can get to your favorite sites with just a few keystrokes
- Continue what you were doing: have the ability to open any tab you have open on any of your Firefox browsers
- Keep the same list of bookmarks on all of your Firefox browsers
- 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
What’s new in 0.4.0?
If you have not looked at Weave recently, now is a great time to jump in and try it out! This release includes a major rewrite of many of Weave’s key components since the last major release in June. A few of the major changes are:
- Preference syncing (including Personas)
- Identity support (automatic login, including use of OpenID logins)
- Better support for addons using Weave
- Support for Fennec 1.0 beta 2 on Maemo Linux
- Significant improvements in performance during startup and opening new windows.
Getting Involved with Testing and Development
- Install Weave 0.4.0 (requires the Firefox 3.5 release candidate)
- Learn more about Weave
- Discuss, debate, and add to the design in the Weave forum
- Join us in #labs on irc.mozilla.org
— Mike Connor, on behalf of the Weave development team