Have you sat down at a copy of Firefox, perhaps in an Internet cafe or on a friend’s machine, and wished it had all your customizations, bookmarks, passwords, history etc.?
Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a Firefox menu item (built in, so it appeared on every Firefox) called “Borrow This Firefox”?
What it would do would be as follows:
- Starts a new Private Browsing session (for isolation from the current config, and to avoid writing stuff to disk)
- Opens up a Firefox Sync login UI, which you fill in with e.g. the “9 characters” data from your mobile Firefox on your phone, or just a username and password
- Logs into Firefox Sync
- Brands the window as “Firefox, borrowed by <name>”
- Downloads your stuff from Firefox Sync in a sensible order (App Tabs -> Passwords -> Bookmarks -> History)
- Lets you use the Firefox as if it were your own
- Syncs things back to the cloud as you go along
- Deletes all data from the machine when you close the branded window
In other words, a combination of Weave and Private Browsing lets people take their Firefox experience anywhere, even computers they don’t control or own.