My personal laptop I took with me to Israel was set up a few months ago to dual boot into Windows XP and Windows 7 (RC1 release) so could test drive Microsoft’s newest OS. Also I set up my work PC to do the same thing just for training purposes.
Often I get home and I find some web site I find interesting I find I saved on my browser favourites which was at work, and now I cant find it. The same when using Windows 7 and not being able to find the site saved on the browser of XP.
I use Firefox and have done since the first release 5 years ago, and am gradually getting people at work to completely phase out Internet Explorer and provide them with training to learn any differences in using it. Normally they take to it pretty quickly.
One thing I really could do with and that is the means to keep my browser favourites on line, so I could just get at a particular site no matter where I am. I think the Opera browser has this feature (tried Opera once but didnt really like it)
At work, my users might often have to sit at another desk, either to cover for another member of staff, or if their PC develops a fault and needs to be fixed or replaced. Likewise we also have Macs for publishing, audio and video development work, and Windows PCs for regular administration as its cheap and more familiar to many users. Now, without getting into a debate of what’s better, Firefox is perfect choice for me as the Windows and Macs versions are similar and consistent in use and some of the extensions are usable on both systems. I just need a way to get at my favourites from any darn type of computer anywhere.
Multiple sets of browser favourites that could be used with a log on and password, for an individual member of staff or for a department would be good.
Its not as if browser favourites should be a big file, so bandwidth is not going to be an issue here.
The RSS feed feature is nice for reading news but don’t think its that widely used for anything else.
I think there are dedicated Firefox extensions for live bookmarks but they are not widely used by any of my fellow IT professionals I know.
Does this sound like a much needed new feature that a lot of other people, be it regular administration staff or IT professionals should have. Of course this could be used on handheld devices with web access as well.
Please do comment.
Would using delicious.com with their Add-on (http://delicious.com/help/quicktour/firefox) work for you?
Or maybe xmarks: xmarks.com