Launched in 2016, Firefox Test Pilot was an experimental program that allowed users to test upcoming Firefox features that were in progress. Firefox put Test Pilot to rest in January of this year. Firefox explained the decision here.
Send was a file-transfer service feature that was debuted within Firefox Test Pilot in 2017. Send enabled anyone to upload and encrypt large files to share across the web. A shareable URL was created to share the file with other users, much like Google Drive. However, the sharable link was only available for a mere 24 hours after it’s creation. A download limit and a password could also be set on the sharable file. Mozilla’s attention has been mainly towards security and privacy and therefore they wanted Send to be as secure as possible.
Just 2 months after the announcement that Test Pilot is no more, Firefox has released Send as an official Mozilla product. You can use Send on any browser and not just specifically Firefox. Users can transfer files up to 1 GB in size to another person. Users who have a Firefox account will be allowed transfers of up to 2.5 GB. Users without a Firefox account are allowed 1 download per link, while Firefox account users will be limited to 100 downloads per link. As we stated, Firefox’s main focus is on security and privacy, hence files on Send are securely encrypted.
Mozilla is also working on a standalone Firefox Send application for Android. The app is currently a beta product.
Will Firefox Send help encourage users to switch to Mozilla Firefox for a change? Probably not, considering that the app is available on all browsers and apps like Google Drive and Dropbox are more popular at the moment. But maybe the added security just might be a factor in making people switch to Firefox Send as an alternative to Google Drive.