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Microsoft should embrace U3

From U3, –the company supported by SanDisk and msystems hoping to replace hard drives with tiny flash-based key fobs that we move effortlessly from computer to computer — comes news that it is expanding support in Japan. I've been somewhat surprised that Microsoft hasn't done more to embrace this initiative as it's an interesting new usage model and way to add value to Windows applications. While the phenomenon is in its infancy, there's no similar architecture around Mac OS or Linux. I'm sure Microsoft would rather that all of its applications already be purchased on whatever PC you use, but this is one of those cases where the company has to put on its platform developer hat.

Microsoft is better served by having people move their applications around this way than having them get their word processors from Google or Michael Robertson.