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NEW Parallels RAS integration and more AppsAnywhere updates

Today we're excited to announce the official release of AppsAnywhere v2.3. The latest update introduces the launch of our long-awaited partnership with Parallels RAS (Remote Application Server), amongst some other key features.

AppsAnywhere is designed to give any student access to all their universities software, in a flexible way that doesn't tie university IT to a particular application delivery technology. With the release of v2.3 we've built on that principle, by partnering with Parallels to build a deep integration and to bring their leading RAS technology into AppsAnywhere.

Watch: AppsAnywhere and Parallels RAS integration webinar >

University IT often find deploying Windows apps to non-Windows devices a costly affair. Thanks to Parallels Remote Application Server, students can get their Windows apps on whichever device they need to use, including macOS, Android and iOS. This new integration also means that for the first time AppsAnywhere now fully supports Chromebooks! By combining the RAS solution with the power of AppsAnywhere’ s highly contextualized delivery methods, universities and colleges can now support all these devices at a fraction of the cost of traditional VDI solutions.

AppsAnywhere v2.3 updates:

  • Parallels RAS integration
  • Multi-lingual support
  • Welcome tour
  • App icon repository (S2 Library integration)

Parallels RAS integration

Parallels RAS is a remote application and virtual desktop solution. By allowing software applications to run on a remote Windows server, we can deliver apps through AppsAnywhere using either the local Parallels client (available for both Windows and macOS) or the HTML5 client, which can deliver apps to any device running an HTML5-compatible browser. This truly allows AppsAnywhere to offer any Windows app to any device – including iOS, macOS, Android and Chromebooks!

AppsAnywhere and Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS)

AppsAnywhere's goal has always been to provide our customers with a tool to unify all the delivery methods they want to use (we call it Unified Application Delivery); all their software available in just one place. Issues associated with running legacy apps are now in the past, and with Parallels, our customers can provide any Windows app to anyone in their university or college in a secure context, without the need for six-figure IT investment.

Delivery methods options added with Parallels RAS integration:

  • Delivering an app that’s physically installed on RAS Session Hosts (using either Native or HTML5 Client)
  • Delivering an app that's Cloudpaged onto the RAS Session Hosts (using either Native or HTML5 Client)
  • Delivering a virtual desktop (using either Native or HTML5 Client)

Added updates with AppsAnywhere v2.3

Multi-lingual support

To support our growing international community of users, AppsAnywhere can now be translated into any language. It's simple enough for your own team to do and we’re shipping this version with a number of languages included. Students can choose their own language in the newly-created 'Preferences' section, and it'll be remembered each time the login to AppsAnywhere.

Welcome tour

To help new users get up and running with AppsAnywhere, we've added a welcome tour. We've also added hints and tips to ensure users get the most out of AppsAnywhere from the very start. This new tour can be replayed at any time by visiting the preferences section, and can also be disabled for those who already know exactly what they're doing!

S2 Library integration

We’ve integrated S2Library with AppsAnywhere, to bring you our central repository of community resources. In this version we’re bringing in our collection of high-quality app icons, allowing admins to quickly search for and find an icon for their app without needing to leave the admin panel. And with a bank of high-resolution icons (which is being added to all the time), your students and staff will love the look of their AppsAnywhere portal.


AppsAnywhere v2.3 is available now. Upgrade today.

Find out more about Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) > (opens in new window)

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