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Weave to bring Firefox users closer to web

With Weave (opens in new tab), Mozilla has started to tackle the issue of duplicated and non-synchronised data that affects desktop bound applications.

Weave is a set of hosted online services that allows the users to increase their control over personal information and data.

Other services (opens in new tab) such as Google Sync or Foxmarks already allow Firefox users to do the same, however, Mozilla plans to integrate Weave even more and build an extensible architecture out of it.

Other alternative web browsers like Maxthon or Opera already have an online repository where the users can store personal data which can be retrieved and amended anywhere.

Unsurprisingly, Mozilla expects the service to be universally used, on any available platform. Obviously this raises the question of security and privacy, something that Mozilla will certainly handling carefully.

Weave is currently only available for Firefox 3.0 beta for all platforms and the initial roadmap which will provide Web service APIs to the developers, will come "Early 2008" according to a post on Mozilla Labs' blog.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.