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(You: Simplified, Smarter, Mobile) An earlier platform for portable Windows applications from U3 LLC, Milpitas, CA. Both the U3-enabled app and user's data resided on a USB drive. U3's "smart drive computing" introduced the concept of portable applications. Founded in 2004 by M-Systems and SanDisk, U3 evolved into StartKey from Microsoft and SanDisk.

Launch and Run Without a Trace
Like software on a hard disk, the U3 application was read into memory and executed from the USB drive. However, when the drive was removed, there were no data or altered Registry settings left in the computer. Any Windows PC could be used merely as a processing engine.

Developing the U3 Application
Applications had to become U3 compliant. Apps that did not use the Registry were wrapped in a U3 header, and those that required the Registry had to communicate with the U3 programming interface (API). See USB drive and COM.

An Interesting Concept
If we carried our U3 apps on a keychain, we could run them on any Windows PC.
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Application Deployment Guide which provides instructions and examples on how to take applications and repackage them to install on and run from a U3 smart drive
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NEW YORK -- U3 LLC, creator of the U3 smart drive computing platform, today announced that Webaroo, the world's leading provider of the "Web to Go," will soon release Webaroo for U3, a portable version of Webaroo designed specifically to launch and run from a U3 smart drive.
Users can safely launch their own documents, software and related settings directly from a U3 smart drive without having to download or install anything to the host computer itself.
Big Fish has already signed a bundling deal with a leading manufacturer to provide more than 10 million U3 smart drive consumers with Big Fish Games in 2006.
Equipped with a versatile platform containing a powerful microprocessor at its core, the U3 smart drive fuses the power of software with the USB flash drive.