updated 12:15 pm EST, Sun February 9, 2014
Browser changes Sync and UI, Accounts adds cloud account connections
Mozilla has announced the next beta version of the Firefox browser, Firefox Aurora, has been released with updates the Firefox Sync and a new customizable user interface. Along with the changes to Aurora, the company has also unveiled Firefox Accounts, a service to bring history, user accounts and browser tabs across devices in a centralized secure account.
Firefox Accounts was built with the Firefox OS in mind to streamline the browser experience across multiple devices. This may sound familiar to some as a similar service is already found in the Chrome OS. Mozilla says that the service will build on Firefox Sync in order to bring information through the cloud to the user on any device once logged in with the Accounts credentials.
New features for Sync in Aurora includes an easier setup and add devices. More importantly by making things more user friendly Sync will continue to have strong security, in what Mozilla is tagging "end-to-end encryption." In a simplified explanation from the company it means that "even if our services are compromised, it is extremely difficult to access a user's data." Sync makes use of client side key stretching, public key cryptography and the BrowserID protocol.
Changes to the UI in Firefox Aurora aim to create a more flexible experience. Tabs have changed shape and the menu was streamlined to put the most in demand features on display. Customization goes much further, making the menu features, tabs and toolbar items moveable to suit the user.