While Microsoft’s Internet Explorer retains a lead in the marketplace due to corporate inertia, it is losing one of its best add-ons. XMarks was popular as a bookmark synchronization tool that worked in all major Web browsers. But Firefox has added Sync, the extension formerly known as Weave, and Google Chrome is funneling full synchronization – add-ons, bookmarks, etc. – through its development process.
Synchronization can be great. I use it for two purposes. First, I work from 4 different systems (2 different operating systems) , so I need to have some uniformity among the systems. With Google’s sync, I can be confident that every browser install has the same bookmarks, extensions, etc. I still have to configure the extensions separately but I’m hoping that will change too. Also, it works as a great backup tool. I recently added a computer to my environment and, once I’d downloaded and installed Google Chrome, immediately had a full copy of all my bookmarks and other customizations.