Forward Solutions develops Migo Desktop Replication for mobile computing experts

Forward Solutions, Inc., has released a revolutionary new device for mobile computing experts today with the introduction of Migo, the most advanced portable personal computing system in a sleek, key-sized USB-based flash memory device.

Migo plugs into a PC USB port, captures a user’s entire PC environment and replicates that personal desktop on any other compatible Windows-based computer anywhere in the world.

Unlike other flash memory devices that store only limited files, Migo transfers a user’s customized desktop — including the desktop background image with personal settings, Internet favorites, e-mail accounts, video clips, presentations, MP3 files, documents and more. With Migo, users can take their personal computing environment with them to work, home, school or on the go.

“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.

Migo offers functionality beyond basic portable USB storage devices, combining state-of-the-art hardware and software with automatic file and e-mail synchronization and multi-level security at a price comparable to other flash memory devices in the market.

“The USB Flash Drive market is expected to continue its strong growth as it distinguishes itself from ordinary removable storage,” said Joseph Unsworth, an industry analyst with Gartner Research. “Software enhancements have the potential to enable increased functionality for the user because they have the ability to provide ‘smart’ storage.”

Security features embedded both in Migo’s hardware and Migo’s PocketLogin software safeguard critical data, a key concern especially for businesses and government agencies. PocketLogin automatically synchronizes Microsoft Outlook e-mail accounts, including contacts and calendars — allowing users to send and receive e-mail while away from their desktops. Outlook is the dominant e-mail system commanding 65 percent of the enterprise e-mail client market, according to The Radicati Group in Palo Alto, Calif.

PocketLogin’s synchronization and management software also automatically checks for software and firmware upgrades each time the user plugs Migo into the USB port of an Internet-connected PC. This also simplifies the support process, making it easier for solution providers to sell and offer value-added support for the product.

Pricing and Availability

First in a family of mobile computing solutions products, Migo is currently available at an estimated suggested retail price of $149.95 for the 128MB version and $199.95 for the 256MB version. Migo is available through computer resellers nationally. More information on resellers for Migo can be found at www.4migo.com.

Migo currently supports USB 1.1 with plans to support USB 2.0 in fall 2003. Later versions of the software also will feature larger storage capacities, higher levels of security and support for other popular operating systems and e-mail applications.

Specifications

Storage Capacity: 128 MB/256 MB
Data Transfer Rate: Read 1MB/sec, Write 900KB/sec
Supported Operating Systems: Windows ’98 SE*, ME, 2000, XP
Data Retention: 10 Years
Supported Outlook Versions: Outlook 2000 thru 2002
Power Requirements: USB bus-powered (4.5 – 5V)
Host Interface: Universal Serial Bus, USB 1.1
Hardware Warranty: 1 Year


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