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Microsoft shows off USB stick capable of bringing Windows 8 to older machines

Updated 4 years ago
Published Jul 9th, 2012 10:31AM EDT

Call it “Windows 8 on a stick.” During Microsoft’s Digital Worldwide Partner Conference on Monday, Microsoft showed off a USB stick that doesn’t just help users bring their personal data to different PCs but actually runs Windows 8 on that PC even if it runs on Windows 7. The portable version of Windows 8, dubbed Windows To Go, saves users’ apps and settings on a 32GB USB drive so users can make any computer seem like their home computer. Microsoft pitched the USB stick as a simple way for corporate users to easily access their work data on multiple PCs while still enjoying access to Windows 8.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.