Mozilla just released Weave Sync 0.4.0, but the reality is that it will take a long time before we need a 1.0 of Weave. Weave Sync coordinates your
bookmarks, browser history, saved passwords, and tabs across your
various Firefox installations: desktop, laptop, Netbook, and mobile.
The problem with this vision is that today it's largely unnecessary.
For a variety of reasons (some very good, some not so good), Mozilla's
mobile Firefox--codenamed "Fennec"--runs on Windows Mobile (version 6
and up) devices...and that's it.
While some new moves from Google
may see Fennec port its way to the Android platform, this is a drop in
the global browsing bucket, and doesn't even address the fact that
there are other
mobile browsers with much more momentum, as ReadWriteWeb notes.
Compounding this problem, it's unclear that most people want to sync between different computing devices. More and more people have gravitated to laptops
or other mobile computing devices, using these as their primary
computing device, rather than as an adjunct, under-powered alternative
when away from the desktop.
Personally, I can even remember the last time that I thought about using a desktop computer.
Yes, I have four Macs sitting around the house, but each one is tied
to a different family member. I don't really want my son's Webkinz
bookmark on my Firefox browser any more than my wife wants to look past
my NewsNow Arsenal news feed.
In short, Weave seems to be solving a difficult, but not important, problem. At least, not as currently envisaged.
I'd find Weave far more compelling if it acted as a Web service that let me take my full Firefox experience with me to devices that I don't own.
For example, I occasionally find myself using the desktop computers in
a hotel lobby, and would love a secure way to log in, claim that
browsing experience as my own, and have all traces of myself
obliterated for the next patron.
That would be a useful way to "Weave" together
my different Firefox sessions: between computers I own and don't own,
rather than just between computers I own.