September 22, 2003 12:39 PM PDT

Desktop to go where Migo goes

A new USB-based flash memory device promises to capture a broad range of data from a computer user's PC and replicate that "personal desktop" on any other compatible Windows-based computer.

The product, dubbed Migo and made by Forward Solutions, transfers a user's customized desktop--including the desktop background image with personal settings, Internet favorites, e-mail accounts, MP3 files and documents--onto a device the size of a key, according to Forward Solutions.

"Mobile computing users now can increase their productivity by essentially taking a snapshot of their computers and carrying it on a keychain wherever they go, limiting the need for hauling heavy laptops, external CD-ROM drives or other less convenient devices," said Joshua Feller, president and chief operating officer of Forward Solutions.

Forward Solutions announced the Migo product Monday.

Migo is one of a number of flash memory devices that connect to Universal Serial Bus ports. Small, portable and relatively cheap, the devices have become an increasingly popular replacement for floppy diskettes for transferring files between PCs. Last year, market research firm Semico Research predicted the market for the devices would grow from 10 million units and $100 million in revenue in 2002 to 50 million units and $3.8 billion in revenue by 2006.

Migo stands out because of its software, according to Forward Solutions. The product's PocketLogin software automatically synchronizes Microsoft Outlook e-mail accounts, including contacts and calendars--allowing users to send and receive e-mail while away from their main computer and logged on elsewhere, Forward Solutions said.

Security features embedded both in Migo's hardware and the PocketLogin software safeguard critical data, the company said.

Migo is available through computer resellers nationally for $149.95 for a 128MB version and $199.95 for a 256MB version, Forward Solutions said.

The product currently supports the USB 1.1 standard.

 

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