Mozilla floats Weave as Web platform

Mozilla floats Weave as Web platform

Summary: Mozilla is expanding its browser platform into new realms, creating APIs and a portable storehouse for bookmarks, customizations, passwords, histories, preferences and other metadata. Just like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and others, Mozilla wants its platform, called Weave, to serve as a kind of a Web operating system, managing basic services for users (more on Techmeme).

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Mozilla is expanding its browser platform into new realms, creating APIs and a portable storehouse for bookmarks, customizations, passwords, histories, preferences and other metadata. Just like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and others, Mozilla wants its platform, called Weave, to serve as a kind of a Web operating system, managing basic services for users (more on Techmeme). Under the auspices of Mozilla Labs, the non-profit also plans to build tools and APIs to extend its framework for creating new user experiences.

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Initial use cases include automatic backup and restore from the cloud, using Firefox from with your personalizations (such as bookmarks, RSS feeds) from different computers and collaborative bookmarking.

Weave, which requires Firefox 3.0 beta is in it early stages (0.1) with the following features:

  • Basic framework and server-side in place for testing and experimentation
  • Authentication with a single online service provider (e.g. labs.mozilla.com)
  • Bookmark and history synchronization to the server from multiple clients
  • Default encryption of all user data with a placeholder algorithm

Weave 0.2, due at the beginning of next year will include:

  • Initial Web service APIs for developers to build on
  • User controls and ability to delegate (and revoke) access rights to specific bits of browser metadata
  • UI to enable sharing on applicable interfaces

Mozilla has 15 to 20 percent share of the browser market, enough to make Weave relevant if it succeeds with the project. And, Mozilla.org has projects ranging from instant messenging and email to calendaring and Web page editing to fill out its platform. It's not going to replace the incumbents, but it will add a strong voice in the mix. Importantly, Mozilla could help establish industry standards that make the Web as an operating system more friction free.

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  • Mozilla DOES have some advantages here. Mozilla offers a great way to cover

    100% of platforms. As Mac and Linux gain share, this will be an important consideration. Actually, MS may be forced to put IE back on Mac if FireFox gains much more traction.. IE8 for Mac may just become a reality.
    DonnieBoy
    • Naw, MS is happy with 95%

      Not too worried about the other 5% when its chopped up between Mac and Linux. Not to worry, they are porting WPF to the others.
      No_Ax_to_Grind
      • Desktop usage and browser usage stats are not the same.

        The numbers for IE, Mozilla/Firefox, Opera and other browsers do not match the numbers as per desktops. Not all Windows users use IE (though they may in corporations where more applications are being made web based) and once you get outside a LAN or WAN environment, the numbers change. Global stats say that IE has 56.2% usage while Firefox/Mozilla holds around 37.5%, with Safari and Opera holding 1.8% each. This also means that 5.8% of web users use something other than IE, Firefox/Mozilla, Opera or Safari.
        B.O.F.H.
    • But why would they?

      If 'nobody outside of the average "Joe Sixpack" is dumb enough to use Internet Explorer'?

      Would not Mac and linux users just use Safari or Firefox anyway, as they are 'smart enough to stay away from Microsoft products'?
      GuidingLight
  • RE: Mozilla floats Weave as Web platform

    [..]I have been browsing Firefox plugin site for last two years???. for one very important solution to my Bookmarks Sync Up from Mozilla. All this while, I have tried Google Browser Sync and Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer. But I am never satisfied.

    I always thought that this kind of user data management can be a big potential for building new services around and we have already numbers of Social bookmarking solutions (del.icio.us, technocrati, stumble upon) out there which makes me happy but confused (which one to use?) At this point of time, Web King, Google has already taken consolidated lead into this area with Browser Syn and Toolbar, it will be a hard to catch run for Mozilla. Reason, why would I change if experience with Google is increasingly satisfying!!![..]

    [Saurabh Kaushik]

    Blog: http://www.nanosaka.com
    superskfire
  • What about the Giant Global Graph?

    The browser and other Moz tools have very linky data, yet the approach here seems to be to put encrypted blobs in a silo. The material would be so much more useful were it exposed as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linked_Data">Linked Data</a> (with the appropriate access controls).
    DannyAyers
  • Mozilla copied live.com

    Mozilla copied live.com
    qmlscycrajg
  • Open Source iis never plagarizer...heresy!

    nt
    killerbunny