WHAT’S THE MEANING?
Portable apps are computer applications that you can use on your PC without installation. These kinds of software are mostly run from removable devices and its files are saved in one folder which you can transfer easily from one computer to another. The portable software remains functional despite being in a different location as long it’s saved properly. You can keep them in a flash drive, CD, external HD, memory card and memory stick or store them online in Google Drive or Dropbox.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the first-ever portable app developed was the Portable Firefox? John T. Haller created the portable edition of Mozilla Firefox in 2004 where it can be run from a flash drive, CD-ROM, and other compatible devices. The Portable Firefox does not require to be installed on the computer and it doesn’t leave any remnant files or personal details on your computer when it’s uninstalled. The difference between Portable Firefox and Mozilla Firefox isn't that much. Portable Firefox is restricted to delete web cache, cookies, and browsing and download history. It’s also limited to install plugins like Flash and Shockwave as per their licensing agreement. Yet, these limitations do not define the extent of their abilities. Just like its parent Mozilla, the portable version automatically updates and retains personal settings, bookmarks, extension, and themes on the flash drive for easy portability to other devices. You wouldn’t really feel the lacking features of Firefox Portable as long as it’s working well. Soon after its creation, other portable freeware continued to exist so Haller then transferred them to a certain community site for everyone to access. Up until today, there have been billions of developers producing portable apps, as well as portable operating systems, that cover our needs. There are a lot of portable apps that you have yet to discover. Just keep on searching.