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Carry a Suite of Essential Apps on Your Flash Drive

Never find yourself stranded away from the office without a word processor, spreadsheet, or audio player again -- not with PortableApps, a collection of self-contained programs you can run from your flash drive on any computer you can borrow some time on.

Last year, Rick told you about PortableApps, which was bundling OpenOffice into a 250MB package that lived on your flash drive. Now they're back with an improved install that adds goodies like Firefox to the mix and actually gives you a menu of choices:

  • Platform only. 1.3MB installed. You get just the launcher and a few small utilities.
  • Suite Lite. 150MB installed. This includes the launcher, Firefox, a small word processor, an audio player, and other utilities (incuding a handful of games).
  • Suite Standard. 355MB installed. This is the whole enchilada, featuring everything in the Lite suite plus OpenOffice Portable.
After installing PortableApps on your flash memory drive, you own a portable suite of essential apps that goes with you anywhere, and pops up, ready for business when you insert the drive in a computer. And it leaves no trace of its existence behind when you pull the flash drive back out and put it in your pocket. Best of all, PortableApps is still free. [Via Download Squad]
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