Microsoft's advantage over Google's Office tools

This week Microsoft and San Disk announced that they were working on a project to provide people with an encrypted thumb drive that when plugged into a USB port on a computer would enable a user to use their desktop safely on any computer.

In essence if they succeed computers will become as ubiquitous as paper.  It won't matter what computer you work on eventually, they will all feel and look like your computer.  Microsoft is attempting to tackle this through hardware plugged into an operating system on the hardware.  Google and other open source groups are attempting to tackle this through server side web based software.

Microsoft has a natural advantage in that most computes do have USB ports but not all computers are connected to the internet all the time.  With this in mind its likely that those San Disk thumb drives will become as ubiquitous and universal as bic pens!

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