PortableApps.com In The News

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  • Apr 18, 2017 - Next INpact (French) - PortableApps.com: Easily transport your applications, data and settings - "The idea is simple: you carry your applications with you and connect to any Windows PC and get your same working environment. To spread the concept, a site was created with a community that offers simple to use packages: PortableApps.com."
  • Apr 6, 2017 - Computer! Totaal (Dutch) - 10 tips for your USB stick - "It's easy, because when you're on the go, just plug your USB stick into the computer and use the programs you're used to. On portableapps.com you can download many familiar applications in a portable version (such as Firefox, OpenOffice, Skype, etc.). These open from the USB drive using the easy to use start menu."
  • Apr 3, 2017 - TechRepublic - 10 essential first steps after installing Windows - "Many applications can run in stand-alone fashion without having to be officially installed. PortableApps.com can provide access to hundreds of these apps (you can review their app list directly) by downloading them to your hard drive. It even provides its own app launcher."
  • Mar 16, 2017 - Guiding Tech - Top 11 Portable Game Apps for Windows - "Portable games aren’t the go-to choice for any gamer ever, but they’re useful for just taking your mind off and relax in between work or in between hardcore gaming."
  • Feb 13, 2017 - Conéctica (Spanish) - Guide to creating a 'USB lifeline' for any occasion - "PortableApps.com is a tool that you can install to the USB drive to run portable versions of common apps. All you have to do is visit their website, download the platform, connect your pendrive, run the installer, and follow the instructions."
  • Feb 2017 - Maximum PC Magazine - Create Portable Apps - "Check out PortableApps.com - You'll find a vast range of apps that run comfortably from a USB stick without marking your PC"
  • Jan 16, 2017 - CHIP (Turkey) - Convert your USB Drive to a Portable PC! - "PortableApps.com is a good starting point for finding USB applications... When you download and run Chrome from Portable Apps, you'll see a screen where you can choose where to install the installation. You need to select your USB drive as the location, but you can also choose a folder on your hard drive."


  • Dec 12, 2106 - Gizmodo - How to Turn a USB Stick into an Ultra Portable PC - PortableApps.com is the biggest and most well-known... If you’d like some help getting your portable apps organized and easily accessible then they’re well worth considering, and they’ll help with getting multiple apps set up and regularly updated too.
  • Nov 03, 2016 - (Italian) - The best portable apps always on your USB stick - "PortableApps.com is the site to use, which provides a collection of portable software ready for use with a dedicated installer and a customized start menu that is amazingly convenient."
  • Sep 30, 2016 - PC Welt (German) - Portable Bundles: Top software takeaway - "For more than a decade, we have delighted in PortableApps.com's app collections incredible size... In terms of updating your apps, PortableApps.com is far superior."
  • Sep 27, 2016 - bytestart.co.uk - 5 Top small business tools that will save you time, hassle and money - "1. Run all the apps you’ll ever need from a USB stick: PortableAppsPortableapps.com is a downloadable platform that effectively allows you select, install and run over 300 apps from a USB stick... It’s like having a completely portable PC that you can take with you anywhere. None of these apps need to install onto the host computer – they run entirely from the USB. You can also install apps to cloud services such as Google Drive or Dropbox, keeping everything in sync and accessible across different devices."
  • Sep 21, 2016 - Men's Journal - 7 Things We'd Do With a 1 TB SD Card - "5. Never install software on your computer again: Check out PortableApps[.com], a site that catalogs a suite of computer programs that run straight off of an SD card without the need to install anything at all. It includes everything from email clients to web browsers to game-software development environments. All you need is a computer that accepts SD cards."
  • Sep 19, 2016 - PC Advisor (UK) - How to speed up Windows. Windows running slow? We show you how to speed up a slow PC - "Some programs install lots of files into Windows and they can have a detrimental effect on performance. To keep Windows clean and fast you should avoid installing anything. Of course, you need software, but there are many portable apps that don't need installing. A good source of software is portableapps.com. Click Get Apps and you'll find office software, graphics and photo editors, utilities, internet, music and video and more."
  • Aug 07, 2016 - Komputer Świat (Polish) - PortableApps.com Platform: Manage programs in portable version - "PortableApps.com Platform is an interesting program to support mobile applications. Maintains the current application resources and the use of programs on different computers without having to install."
  • Jul 05, 2016 - Computer Totaal (Dutch) - Use Your Favorite Fonts Everywhere With Portable Apps - "Even if you do not have admin rights on a PC, you can use your favorite fonts... The first thing you should do is install the PortableApps.com Platform. This allows you to use software without installing it."
  • Jul 02, 2016 - Turn On (German) - 3 cool things that you can do with USB sticks - "Using free software from PortableApps.com, you can install many portable programs on a USB stick. The advantage is that apps installed on the stick are as convenient to use on every PC."
  • Jun 21, 2016 - DZone - Using Portable Firefox 46 With Webdriver - "Rather than try and toggle multiple versions of Firefox.. I used a version distributed by portableapps.com. Having a portable app means I can run 46 and 47 at the same time and don’t have to uninstall 47 to use 46."
  • Jun 15, 2016 - TouchIT (Slovak) - Antriviruses you know and don't know - "Portable apps can be moved between computers. So, if you need to work in a cafe on one machine, you can run an antivirus scan first... We have them installed on a flash drive among other apps from PortableApps.com. These are full versions of the apps."
  • Jun 14, 2016 - West Sussex County Times - BYOD or should that be BYOP? - "A reader pointed out a website called portableapps.com, which has a nifty little program you can download and install... Once you download the software, you can install it on a USB stick or a cloud drive (DropBox for instance). It will then allow you to choose from a range of programs to download and install... I installed LibreOffice and Scribus on a USB stick to see how the system worked... the process itself was not difficult and went without a hitch. Now as long as I carry my thumb drive around with me and have access to a machine that can run Windows .exe files, I can work on my documents quite happily."
  • Jun 14, 2016 - Monitor (Slovenian) - They go together - "The most popular portable platform developed is by John T. Haller [and supports] both free and paid applications."
  • May 18, 2016 - Windows Report - Got an old USB flash drive? 20 great ideas on how to use it - "If you need to run a specific application on a computer without installing it, you can always create a portable version of that application on your USB flash drive... To install portable apps on your USB flash drive, you’ll need to download PortableApps Platform."
  • Apr 20, 2016 - MakeUseOf - How To Use A USB Key To Deal With Security Threats - "The mecca of these is PortableApps.com, which contains hundreds of packaged apps. Many of these are popular open-source programs, like LibreOffice. Others are commercial ones."
  • Mar 11, 2016 - Computer! Totaal (Dutch) - - The 14 Best Portable Apps - "PortableApps.com is one of the best and most popular assemblies of portable software. All applications on this site meet several conditions: they are absolutely free, perfectly legal, they are working from any medium and all parts of a program in one folder."
  • Feb 18, 2016 - The Economic Times - Fun and useful things to do with spare flash drives - "PortableApps.com is a launcher application that runs directly from a USB drive and you can download hundreds of additional free apps. You can carry all your favorite applications like Firefox, Chrome, VLC Media Player, Foxit Reader, 7-Zip and more, all on a drive."
  • October 23, 2015 - LXer - GNUifying Windows: Make the best of imposed Windows-use at work - "there's a lot of Free Software / Open Source software for Windows to make you feel more at home... Probably, most people are familiar with the great PortableApps-collection of mostly free software"
  • October 21, 2015 - TechRepublic - Five tech emergency apps you should always carry with you - "you'll be glad you have Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition. What's great about this tool is that it looks and feels exactly like the standard edition desktop browser."
  • October 1, 2015 - noticia al dia - Three Practical Ways to Re-Use Your Old Pendrive - 'The PortableApps.com Suite takes advantage of any portable drive (even SD cards) to bring applications like browsers, email clients, messaging applications, office and even antivirus, ready to use on any computer to which you connect the flash drive'
  • September 23, 2015 - The Economic Times of India - Eight tech tricks that can save you time - "You can have all your favorite software: web browsers, media players, cloud storage, document editors, utilities and even games. You'll be able to access them on any computer instantly."
  • August 23, 2015 - SVZ.de (German) - The office in your pocket - 'Those looking for such a portable programs, can easily create packages with 50 to 100 programs or more, says Arnold. At PortableApps.com you can compile collections complete with a start menu.'
  • July 29, 2015 - Kim Komando - Free digital dictionary helps find fast definitions, synonyms and more - "That's where Artha Portable comes in. It's a thesaurus that downloads in minutes and is then instantly accessible by touching a few hotkeys (more on that in a minute)."
  • July 22, 2015 - The Economic Times (India) - Net Neutrality row: Here is how to enable "free" internet - "PortableApps[.com] is a free (open source) solution that can help get around restrictions on software installations. You can keep all the software you prefer as well as their settings with you on a flash drive. This also works great if you tend to switch computers often or work on a locked computer at work."
  • June 9, 2015 - ZDNet - Skype for Web is awesome, but I still can't use it on my Chromebook - "[Skype for Web] works with PortableApps.com's portable Chrome browser"
  • May 22, 2015 - ghacks.net - Reduce the risk of downloading Windows malware on the Internet - "The only exception to the rule is portable software. If a developer does not offer a portable version but a trusted third-party site like PortableApps.com does, then you should use it instead."
  • May 21, 2015 - Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung (German) - Portable Apps - The office in your pocket - 'Portable programs are ideal, "if you often take care of other computers," explains Arne Arnold from PC World. "Then you will always have all the tools here." Those looking for such a portable program that would immediately packets with 50 to 100 programs or more, says Arnold. In PortableApps.com about you can compile collections with its own Start menu.'
  • May 10, 2015 - BlueWin (German) - USB flash drive: I am also a mobile software collection - 'The best solution is at portableapps.com which is very often used for maintenance by system administrators.'
  • May 5, 2015 - iGuru News (Greek) - PortableApps.com Carry with you your favorite pc apps - 'How many times has each of us happen to be on someone else's computer, having to work with a particular program and must be stuck going through the process of downloading and installing taking extra time?'
  • April 22, 2015 - Columbus CEO - Tech review: Hackers beware of the super-secure Carbide USB Drive - "Hacking this baby is one very, very tall order for those with larceny in their hearts. And did we mention that this product is also impervious to dust, dirt, water and shocks? If you worry about security of the data you carry around, the Carbide USB Drive lets you sleep easy at night."
  • March 13, 2015 - ghacks - Report: all major download sites serve potentially unwanted programs - "Some sites offer clean programs only. You can try... Portable Apps for a selection of popular downloads"
  • February 28, 2015 - Computerworld - Bloatware free Windows computers - "When it comes to free Windows software, there are still two sources that I trust: portableapps.com and nirsoft.net."




  • December 27, 2012 - PC World - Answer Line: I must run this program on computers other than my own - "And here's something else you might consider: PortableApps[.com]. This free portable program organizes and helps you launch other portable programs. You can install other portable programs into PortableApps[.com Platform] (and no, that doesn't involve installing them into Windows). Then launch the programs from inside. "
  • November 30, 2012 - The Guardian UK - Mini-laptops versus netbooks, and other queries - "If you have plenty of spare space on your USB stick, think about adding... a portable version of the Google Chrome browser from PortableApps.com. This kind of portable toolkit can be invaluable when something goes wrong."
  • October 22, 2012 - The Times of India - 6 ways to get more from pen drives - "Portable apps also offer the advantage of letting you run your favourite programs off your pen drive when you don't have administrator privileges on your office PC to install them. You will find a large collection of such free software on www.portableapps.com"
  • October 18, 2012 - ComputerWorld - The ugly side of the latest Java updates - "Windows users in this situation may want to consider the portable version of Java available at portableapps.com."
  • October 16, 2012 - ComputerActive UK - Download: Dicom Portable - "Dicom portable saves time by offering autocomplete suggestions in all programs."
  • October 8, 2012 - The H - Open Recall: Doppio, CraigsList and OSM, Red Hat crop circles, Portable Apps - "A new version of the PortableApps.com Platform has been released with real-time autorun.inf malware detection and support for drive error checking from the Help menu."
  • October 2, 2012 - MakeUseOf - PortableApps.com Suite: The Best Portable Applications Manager & Database
  • October 1, 2012 - BetaNews - PortableApps.com Platform 11 improves app store - "Rare Ideas LLC has released PortableApps.com Platform 11.01, a major new release of its portable application management software. PortableApps.com Platform provides a centralised interface for accessing and managing portable applications installed on a USB drive or external hard drive for ease of use."
  • September 26, 2012 - PC Advisor (UK) - How to run applications from a USB flash drive - "Keep an eye on what’s new. New portable apps are appearing all the time. If you want to keep an eye on what’s new in the Portable Apps world, then visit www.portableapps.com at regular intervals and see the new releases."
  • September 20, 2012 - The H - Open Recall: Portable Apps, Class2Go, Android-based cloud desktop - "The latest version of the popular PortableApps.com Platform collection now supports incremental updates for included applications which should greatly reduce the time and bandwidth needed to upgrade them to the current release."
  • September 11, 2012 - BroadBandGenie - How to protect your digital life from hackers and viruses - "USB sticks are endlessly useful,... stuff them with portable apps which will allow you to carry on working on any computer. Head over to portableapps.com to download portable editions of a huge number of common tools such as Firefox and Dropbox. Grab whatever you need, load it on a USB stick and you can run the software without installation."
  • August 20, 2012 - ComputerWorld - The diehard's guide to making the most of Windows 8 - "You can always go with the likes of PortableApps[.com] to access popular apps from a menu on the legacy desktop. PortableApps offers a curated collection of free and open source apps that run in a self-contained way... It might prove a useful way to organize and update many apps you might already work with, such as Skype, Chrome, Firefox, and so on."
  • August 8, 2012 - The Economic Times - How to bypass office software rules - "There are hundreds of free apps available on the Marketplace; everything from games to educational tools, software development, accessibility tools, office & productivity apps, security and multimedia playback."
  • Editor's Note - We do not suggest using our software to root around office software rules without permission from your IT department.

  • July 11, 2012 - The Times of India - 10 free alternatives to overpriced software - "[PortableApps.com is] a great way to carry your favourite programs, bookmarks & settings wherever you go. There is a vast selection of programs available on the website — all the usual ones (browsers, games, office suites, chat clients, security tools) are there. Everything is free, no catch, no adware, no spyware & no time limits. "
  • July 7, 2012 - Computer World - When Google Chrome won't start up - "This is why I avoid legacy Windows applications whenever possible and opt for portable software instead (my favorite source is PortableApps.com)... I care that they can be backed up, in their entirety, just by copying a folder. Neat, clean, simple and elegant. That's the way things should work."
  • July 1, 2012 - NorthJersey.com - Tech 3.0: 100 portable apps for free - "Pick up an 8GB or 16GB USB drive or two and create your own robust software library to use anywhere you choose at portableapps.com." (Editor's Note: PortableApps.com has hundreds of apps available)
  • June 22, 2012 - Brantford Expositor (CA) - Get rid of the summer bloat - "Another great place to browse is Portable Apps (http://portableapps.com) which are small by nature. See you by the pool!"
  • June 13, 2012 - Computer Active (UK) - Keep a journal on the move with Red Notebook Portable - "There are some writing jobs that aren't best left to Word, Open Office or Libre Office. One of these is keeping a journal, whether it's a personal diary or a reference of useful information found online. This is the portable version of Red Notebook, ideal for keeping your references with you at all times on a USB key."
  • June 11, 2012 - Deccan Chronicle - #1 Portable Apps - "PortableApps.com lets you choose from a huge selection of applications to preinstall onto your USB drive... So you'll never find yourself without an application that you absolutely need for work."
  • May 30, 2012 - SCI-TECH-TODAY.COM - Apps and Tools for USB Sticks Create a Mini-PC - "A variety of tools are available online that can be downloaded onto a stick for free with the right installation assistants, which pack them into the appropriate startup menu. Well-known names in this field include PortableApps.com"
  • May 20, 2012 - ghacks.net - How To Run Java Applications On Systems Without JRE - "If you want to take your apps with you, you need to find a way to get them to run on the system despite that. The answer is jPortable, a portable Java Runtime Environment that is provided by Portable Apps."
  • May 5, 2012 - Stuff.co.nz - Connect with care when travelling - "Bringing your own programmes on a USB stick such as the free Portableapps.com collection is a good start if you have to use an internet cafe"
  • April 30, 2012 - Financial Chronicle (India) - Tools to tackle that backup - "Looking for a portable solution? Check out Toucan at PortableApps.com. It is recommended for users looking for a tool to synchronise, backup and encrypt data."
  • April 12, 2012 - Tech News World - Run Your Software From a USB Stick for Security and Speed - "I'm using the free PortableApps[.com] platform, which is open source and features versions of the Firefox browser and Microsoft Office-compatible OpenOffice, among other things, including graphics software."
  • April 4, 2012 - Gaming Bus - Then and Now: Arkanoid (NES) - "Of course, technology has bypassed the NES and Breakout for some time. On a thumbdrive, I have [PortableApps.com] installed, and with it a game called LBreakout2, which is a free version of Breakout that has fan-made tables in it."
  • April 2, 2012 - PC Magazine - The Best Free Software of 2012 - "The long-running platform for your favorite freeware sans installation continues to get regular updates—and more apps to run. In fact, most of them you'll find in this story. It's the best way to make every Windows PC you encounter feel like home. "
  • March 15, 2012 - The Guardian UK - Keeping Word documents private, and other queries - "One alternative would be to run your own Chrome or Firefox browser... using PortableApps[.com]"
  • February 29, 2012 - Network World - LibreOffice 3.5: The best Office killer yet - "The new version 3.5 includes more than 30,000 code changes -- making it, in the Document Foundation's words, 'the best free office suite ever.' There's also the PortableApps[.com] version, which can run from a USB keychain. "
  • February 21, 2012 - ComputerActive (UK) - Make professional looking diagrams with Dia Portable - "Dia is a lot like the Microsoft diagram software called Visio. There are quite a few tools but it is well laid out and the built-in help is well written."
  • February 9, 2012 - The Register (UK) - What's in the box, Windows BOFH? - "Taking your toolkit with you, including all of its configurations, is the niche filled by portable applications. Those with an interest in building their own set should check out PortableApps[.com]."
  • February 6, 2012 - ComputerWorld - Online banking: what the BBC missed and a safety suggestion - "That said, let me offer a suggestion for Windows users that insist on online banking: go portable... To be even safer, use the portable browser exclusively for online financial transactions... The portableapps.com website offers portable versions of Firefox, Chrome, Opera and other browsers."
  • January 19, 2012 - Beta News - Get more from flash drives with AppCompactor - "While this sounds like it’s going to be a very technical process, AppCompactor is actually surprisingly easy to use: just point the program at your portable app’s folder, choose a compression method and click “Go”."
  • January 17, 2012 - PC Advisor - How to cope with HTML5's dueling standards bodies - "One possible approach, in settings where a browser is being deployed as part of a consistent desktop, is to decouple the browser as much as possible from any desktop it's installed on. Remote virtualization or self-contained app deployments (e.g., PortableApps.com) are two ways to accomplish this."
  • January 17, 2012 - ComputerActive - Protect any computer easily with Spybot Search and Destroy for PortableApps.com - "Running the software in PortableApps.com is easy and ensures that a computer can be protected quickly and simply."



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