AppsAnywhere overview

AppsAnywhere is an app store style software delivery platform available for active students, staff, and faculty.  AppsAnywhere is available in the Windows open computer labs and is available to install on university and personal Windows computers for active students, staff, and faculty.

AppsAnywhere utilizes app streaming via CloudPaging software to quickly deliver applications over the network. AppsAnywhere maintains software availability without allocating system resources for software applications you don't need. It also allows Michigan Tech IT to efficiently update programs. For more information on AppsAnywhere, check out the Software 2 website. Refer to the Numecent website for technical information on CloudPaging.

Available software

You will see software as Available or Unavailable when you open AppsAnywhere. The applications available to you are determined by factors such as department, enrolled courses, if the device is owned by Michigan Tech or is a personal device, or whether the device is on or off campus.

  • Personally-owned or MTU-owned device
  • VPN connection to access campus license server from off campus
  • On campus or off campus location, even if connected to VPN
  • University affiliation, such as student, staff, or faculty
  • University group membership or course enrollment
  • Fully-managed or minimally-managed device
  • Licensing restrictions, such as open computing labs only, certain departmental labs, or certain devices

Windows open computer labs

  1. Log in to one of the designated AppsAnywhere computers in the Windows open computer labs.
  2. Chrome will launch automatically and present a list of available software you personally have access to.
  3. Select Launch to open the applications you'd like to use.
  4. They will download and open using the CloudPaging player.
  5. When you are finished using the applications, close Chrome, then select the Logoff button located on your desktop to properly close the applications.

Welcome to AppsAnywhere video

MTU-owned devices

For faculty and staff wishing to install on an MTU-owned device, the download method will depend on how the device is managed. Learn more about device management at: Managed Devices at Michigan Tech.

Fully-managed Windows devices

Most devices fall into the category of fully managedwhich is the typical setup for office desktops. They connect to the Michigan Tech central authentication system and are automatically configured to access Michigan Tech resources for a seamless experience.  

  1. Launch the Software Center application from the Start Menu.
  2. Search for and select AppsAnywhere client from the available applications.
  3. Once AppsAnywhere is installed, visit AppsAnywhere.
  4. Find and launch an available application.
  5. Exit the CloudPaging Player when done with AppsAnywhere.

Minimally-managed Windows devices

Mobile devices, like laptops, or systems that require customer administrative access to manage a device (such as a microscope/other hardware or that have a justified security need to maintain administrative access to a device) are categorized as minimally managed. 

  1. Launch the Azure Company Portal application from the Start Menu.
  2. Search for and select AppsAnywhere client from the available applications.
  3. Once AppsAnywhere is installed, visit AppsAnywhere.
  4. Find and launch an available application.
  5. Exit the CloudPaging Player when done with AppsAnywhere.

Laptops not currently managed by Azure will need to be rebuilt in order to install AppsAnywhere. If this applies to you, we recommend that you make arrangements with our shop so that you can install AppsAnywhere. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to have your laptop rebuilt, you can directly request a computer rebuild through our service catalog.

Personal devices

Active students, faculty, and staff can install the AppsAnywhere client on their personally-owned devices. Visit the Software Distribution Site for installation instructions.

Installing AppsAnywhere on personal device video

Need Help?

For questions about AppsAnywhere, we can help. Contact IT at it-help@mtu.edu or call 906-487-1111.

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Article ID: 81535
Created
Mon 6/24/19 11:16 AM
Modified
Thu 12/15/22 12:19 PM

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