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StartKey From MicroSoft – So That’s What They Did With U3

GetUSB reported a while back about the partnership between Microsoft and U3 and it turns out they’ve created the StartKey, a similar approach as the U3 drives.

The biggest difference is Microsoft using StartKey as the key component to logging in and booting up.  In addition, you can store personal computer settings and privileges, applications and data files on the StartKey itself.

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Microsoft is looking past the ultra popular USB stick, and will incorporate the StartKey technology to nearly all types of flash media.

“Microsoft is looking to turn these intelligent storage devices portable “computing companions” for users in both developed and emerging markets, with availability (at least in beta form) likely before the end of this year.”

The ultimate goal of Microsoft is to merge the flash storage device with the Windows environment so users can have the same experience regardless of the physical computer system they are using.  The Windows-centric approach will allow users to bring along their wallpaper, icons, desktop layout, contact lists and key applications to any other Windows system.

The StartKey is still in development / beta format, but you’ll starting seeing availablity by the end of this year.

Source:  Ziff Davis.  Image: Tom’s Hardware.

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