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Run your applications without installing them!

5 Aug

Yet another day, yet another post.

Have you ever wanted to try some application but don’t want to install because of any of the many reasons (being office PC, don’t want to bloat Windows registry, security concerns, etc.)? Many of us have and there is no simple solution to it as well.

Many of you people argue that there is portable apps do the same, but then you cannot avoid registry for good or the local storage as a matter of fact, right? Especially if you’re in some organization with strict application use policy, you don’t want to leave any clue that can trace back to you. Also, since application creating companies usually don’t create portable version themselves, chances are that you end up in having malwares with portable applications. So, portable application is neither fool-proof nor that secure which we’d have imagined. What to do here?

Now there is a simple solution for this – Welcome the Spoon!! It’s a web app that allows you to run various desktop application without installing it at all. Since all the applications are cloud boosted, there is absolutely no registry or local storage (except if you explicitly create some) made. Spoon makes sure that applications are safe and can be used just by browser and very small, non-nagging plugin.

It’s painless process to get started on Spoon. Just head over to it’s website and create an account, which is tad simple even for novice. Now, all you have to do is to install a small plugin for running the app, which being browser plugin doesn’ affect the system in any ways. Now, simply launch the app you’re interested in. Spoon, also stores the name of the apps you’re using in it’s quick launch, from where you can restart your apps fast. Spoon free gives 1GB of free data storage and for anything extra you can always buy it’s premium plans, which also gives you access to premium apps.

Here is my hands on Spoon.net webapp:

After creating my account and installing the required plugin, I went to Spoon library. First thing I felt that premium apps are not worth money to spend at least for me, but it’s subjective. Also, I added space is really worth spending for. I simply tried launching Skype app from there, which is quite a resource hog and most of the times just make my system crawl. I’s quite expecting it to be far slower experience for what I saw on desktop, knowing my previous bad experience with app of same genre (read cloud based app). But to my surprise, Skype works really smoothly and there’s almost no visible issues. I can easily log in to it (it’ll auto login you, if you’ve the setting in installed Skype though), and chat or video was quite a good experience. Spoon here, really scores on other web apps trying same solutions.

The bottom line is the Spoon is a must try app, at least for some scenarios mentioned earlier.

Do try and let me know your experience.

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