Mozilla just announced that Weave, its official synchronization tool for Firefox, has just hit version 1.0 and is now generally available. Weave is a free browser add-on that can seamlessly sync bookmarks, saved passwords, browsing history and open browser tabs between different computers that run Firefox. Weave also runs on Mozilla's mobile browser for the Nokia N900.

Mozilla announced the Weave project in late 2007. Weave is compatible with Firefox 3.5 and up.

Getting Started

To use Weave, you have to register for an account with Mozilla. The plugin will automatically prompt you to create this account after the installation. Advanced users who are worried about their privacy can also use their own servers as a repository for their data. It's worth noting that all of the data you transfer to Mozilla's servers is encrypted.

Weave vs. XMarks

Of course, Weave isn't the only solution for syncing bookmarks and XMarks is currently the most popular bookmark syncing tool. Unlike Weave, XMarks isn't just compatible with Mozilla's browsers but also supports Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer. XMarks can sync bookmarks between these browsers.

Weave syncs a lot more than just bookmarks, however. Weave also syncs passwords and your browsing history, for example. In future versions, Mozilla also plans to allow users to sync add-ons and other browser customizations.