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Mozilla’s experimental app that syncs up the "Firefox experience" across multiple browsers has been promoted to beta status.

The open source outfit said the first beta release of Mozilla Weave 1.0 marked “a significant step towards making Weave Sync a production quality add-on.”

It said the beta version has effectively ramped up the tool by making it faster, simpler and less obtrusive for the user.

Mozilla has ditched the “about:weave” config option from the tool and has beefed up overall performance by synchronising data in chunks.

The idea behind the Weave is to allow a more seamless jump from, say, the office desktop over to the mobile phone by taking the same results to allow you to continue from where you left off.

However, although users can continue to use Firefox normally while Weave syncs hundreds of bookmarks in the background, Mozilla noted that the syncing time could vary dramatically.

“If you have a lot of data, it could take some time for all of it to be synchronised. Do not panic if you do not see all of your data immediately. Depending on the type of computer you have and the amount of data you have, this could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.”

Mozilla has set an “interestingness” criteria that works like Firefox’s “AwesomeBar”, where frequently visited web pages show up higher in the location bar results. Additionally the beta has resolved an issue found in Weave 0.8 when it connected via the org’s Fennec 1.0 mobile browser.

But this being a beta release of a feature that has only been tinkered with in Mozilla Labs for a relatively short period of time, users should expect some teething problems to remain. Notably, Weave 1.0 conflicts with many add-ons, such as the extremely popular AdBlock Plus. ®

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