Application delivery methods
We recognize that each method of delivering apps has its own strengths and weaknesses. That's why we've built AppsAnywhere to integrate with a variety of different delivery methods on top of the leading technologies, so you can choose the best tool for the job.
You might want to virtualize some of your heavyweight Windows apps. You might want to point to locally installed software that you include in your image (e.g. Office 365 apps). You might want to just direct to a freely available app for self-installation. There might be a time you want to present apps through VDI or RDS solutions.
Whichever way you choose to do it, AppsAnywhere gives your students one consistent place to access all the software they need for their studies, wherever they are.
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AppsAnywhere integrates with all the leading software delivery, deployment and virtualization solutions on the market, to give Higher Ed the flexiblity to satisfy the wide variety of use cases found in any University IT environment!
Other software delivery methods
As well as integrating with the leading deployment technologies, AppsAnywhere also supports the following delivery approaches, including native installs, downloadable apps and mobile app stores.
From AppsAnywhere, students can launch software that you may wish to keep in your base build image; software that's installed on the machine they're using. For many of our customers, this includes the Microsoft Office 365 apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Supporting locally-installed apps streamlines the students' experience, by making AppsAnywhere the only place they need to go to get ALL the software they need.
Not all digital downloads can be provided as a public link. The Secure Download delivery method allows you to provide access to protected resources through AppsAnywhere, so they're only accessible to the users you specify. This is great for providing access to installers that are only meant for use by certain students or staff. It can even be used for things like course materials or help sheets!
Not every app needs a fully-featured delivery method such as Cloudpaging or RemoteApp; sometimes you just want to make it quicker and easier for the user to get their hands on an app they can install themselves, by providing them direct access to the installer download. This is a great solution for user-owned and un-managed machines, and it helps you ensure everyone gets the genuine, certified, malware-free installer.
PKG & DMG deployment
The latest version of AppsAnywhere supports the deployment of native Mac apps (DMG or PKG files) to MacOS. This means you can deliver apps like GarageBand directly to a Mac using AppsAnywhere, and take away all the hassle of downloading the package and installing it. Students just click 'Launch' and it's all taken care of.
External web links (SaaS)
Sometimes the simplest ways of doing things are the best. Using AppsAnywhere’s external web links delivery method, you can link users to any external link you want. This is often used as a back-up delivery method, in case the user doesn’t qualify for a more managed approach; you can just send them to the software vendor’s website and they can source the app for themselves. It’s also really handy for directing people to web-based apps and app stores on mobile devices, such as Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store.
Downloading an installer, running it, and following all the instructions and prompts is a really irritating way of getting access to an app. Using AppsAnywhere, students just hit the 'Launch' button and the installer will be downloaded for them and locally executed. All the user has to do is sit back and wait for it to be ready. The installer can even be run with elevated privileges, whether the user has them or not. One click and they're ready to go.