Portable apps are all the rage these days! For about the same price as a regular USB key, you can get a smart drive that support U3 or Ceedo application technologies. You can download pre-packaged all-inclusive programs to your smart memory stick, and run them on any modern PC: without the need to install the application.
Verbatim offers several different portable application devices, the latest being their Store’n’Go U3 flash memory drive. Verbatim claims that their pre-installed applications run eight times faster. Upon first look, it’s not clear if this is in comparison to other U3 drives, or in comparison to applications you install yourself.
A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.
The device is based on the U3 smart drive computing platform which transforms USB flash drives from simple storage devices into USB smart drives. Verbatim’s Store’n’Go U3 Smart Drive let you work and play smarter using U3 smart applications from www.U3.com. It includes an easy to use U3 Launchpad which provides access to programs and allows you to browse contents, change personal settings, obtain device status or install new U3 smart applications from the online library. Best of all, U3 smart applications leave no trace of your visit on a host PC, providing an unprecedented level of security and mobility. With Verbatim’s Store’n’Go U3 Smart Drive, your personal workspace, applications and data are as mobile as you are, and can be accessed on any available Windows XP or 2000 PC.
The emergence of Microsoft’s anticipated Vista operating system will only increase the demand for fast, high-capacity USB drives. Vista supports flash drives natively, allowing you to even boot from these devices.