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About Us

Software2 was founded in Leeds, UK in 2009 by Nick Johnson and Tony Austwick to enable universities to deliver an improved student experience using the latest technologies.

Using technology to improve the student experience...

Students expect technology, and software in particular, to 'just work', wherever and whenever they need it to. One of the many problems affecting universities that Nick and Tony discovered in those early days was not being able to deploy all of their Windows apps with a single solution.

There was an inherent need to nurture existing IT infrastructure to ensure that the student experience is not merely unchanged, but improved – and all delivered in a way that is both cost-effective and efficient.

AppsAnywhere was born...

Top 5 university application delivery problems, solved

  1. Delivering any Windows application to any device, including all those heavyweight apps such as ArcGIS, SPSS and MATLAB.
  2. Improving the student experience by providing students (and staff) with access to the software tools they need on and off campus.
  3. Reducing packaging time, IT administration and image size, and reducing license costs.
  4. Enabling universities to attract and retain more students and be more competitive in the education marketplace.
  5. Encourage universities to provide an awesome BYOD experience to all students.
Software2 Facts and Figures

Software2, a little bit about us...

  • Founded in 2009
  • Offices in 4 countries, customers in 20+ countries
  • 1,500,000+ users (students and staff)
  • 15,000+ packaged apps
  • 150+ universities (including colleges and schools)
  • 20% year-on-year growth

Our technology partners

We've teamed up with the coolest technology vendors on the planet to provide universities and colleges with the best new technology solutions.

Numecent (Cloudpaging)

AppsAnywhere is compatible with multiple application delivery methods, but we think the best way of delivering Windows apps is using Cloudpaging [formerly Application Jukebox]. That's why we're the sole distributor of Numecent's Cloudpaging technology to higher education markets across the world, combining it with AppsAnywhere, to bring 100% of Windows apps to students at universities and colleges throughout North America and Europe.

Numecent Logo

For more information, visit Numecent's website.

Parallels (RAS - Remote Application Server)

We've integrated AppsAnywhere with Parallels RAS, to offer universities a way of delivering apps and desktops to any device (including Chromebooks), at a fraction of the cost of traditional VDI solutions. And when used alongside Cloudpaging, AppsAnywhere enables students to access all their apps from one location, whilst university IT need only package the apps once.

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) Logo

For more information, visit the Parallels RAS website.

Frequently asked questions

Some FAQs about Software2...

Where are Software2 based?

We work with universities and colleges across North America and Europe, with offices in both Cambridge, MA (USA), Leeds (UK) and Austria. We also have a team based in Spain, and partners who sell and support AppsAnywhere across Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.

How long have Software2 been trading?

We’ve been working in the educational technology sector since 2009, after being founded by Tony Austwick (@TonyAustwick) and Nick Johnson (@Nick_Johnson). More recently we started working with enterprises and managed service providers.

How many customers do Software2 have?

Worldwide there are more than 150 educational institutions who are proud to use Software2, totaling over 1,500,000 students and staff who are using our software.

Do Software2 only work in education?

Good question! We work with universities and colleges because they face a uniquely complex and challenging situation in terms of application deployment – delivering hundreds of specialist apps to thousands of users, across tens of thousands of different devices. That’s where the power of our software makes the world of difference! While our heritage is in Higher Ed, we do also have a number of well-known commercial customers including MSPs and DaaS providers.

Why are you called Software2?

We like to think we do things differently, and as a company we've changed the way that software's delivered in universities and colleges. So the '2' simply illustrates this new approach; a version 2.0, if you will…

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Find out more about Software2...

Software2 Careers

Software2 Careers

Want to work for one of the coolest EdTech companies on the planet? We're always interested in hearing from people looking to join our growing team of exceptional talent.

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

We focus exclusively on providing the best application virtualization solutions for universities and community colleges. We are unique in what we do. We are the world leaders!

Interview with Co-Founder Tony Austwick

Interview with Co-Founder Tony Austwick

Tony Austwick, Software2 co-founder, talks about app virtualization, the role of IT in higher education, how to improve student experience across the globe, and about being a comic book geek.