SanDisk and Microsoft BFFs around software-stuffed memory
Cruzer replaced by new entity
Microsoft and SanDisk have inked a deal to create USB flash drives and memory cards with built-in software and user preferences to replace SanDisk's existing U3 Cruzer line.
Under the agreement, Microsoft will develop new software and SanDisk will cover the hardware for the products.
The hardware/software pairing will allow customers to carry applications as well as their customized Windows interface on a flash storage device.
SanDisk rep Mike Lanberg said the disks will let users access their encrypted financial, corporate, and personal data on public or shared computers without leaving the information behind when they leave.
The partnership will replace and expand upon SanDisk's current application-launching flash storage line, U3. The offering is expected to be commercially available starting in the second half of 2008. The U3 line will be sold and supported until the new release, Lanberg said.
SanDisk said its partnership with Microsoft will allow the applications to be more tightly integrated with Windows operating systems, as well as enhance data security. The flash storage drives will support both XP and Vista.
Microsoft has plans to begin recruiting third-party hardware vendors interested in licensing the new software. The two companies said they will create "a new entity" to license compatible hardware designs from both Microsoft and SanDisk. These revenues will be shared by the two companies. ®
Attack vector? Old news
Brennan, that's old news. Been there, done that. A simple search on El Reg will reveal a few articles on th concern of that already. :-)
Yet another attack vector for Windows-only malware?
Malware which uses USB flash drives as an attack vector is just starting to appear. Now it seems Microsoft is introducing yet another 'automatic exectutable' feature with these Sandisk devices. What can possibly happen next?
Applications and Settings to go
This is along the same line as having applications on a flash drive that is not on a destination computer and plugging in. Allowing you to use those apps and continue to work and or transfer files. The site that represents this most to my knowledge is http://portableapps.com/
See "Redmond hijacks U3 flash memory stick standard for Windows control"
The URL is http://www.newswireless.net/index.cfm/article/3346 -
"Despite what many have assumed, the new Sandisk-Microsoft flash platform isn't about data storage for mobile users. It's more about making digital rights management and security for Vista computer users more completely under Redmond's control..."
And now moving on to the next subject: "SanDisk USB sticks will now only run on Windows"
After releasing the ground breaking news that they will be partnering with Microsoft SanDisk went onto say that they will no longer be supporting other operating systems other than Microsoft's Windows