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Virtualize 100% of Windows apps

While legacy solutions like Microsoft App-V can struggle to deploy all the Windows software a university needs to provide its students, we're able to virtualize 100% of Windows applications.

Universities use a wide range of software, much more so than the typical business or enterprise. Some of it might be cutting-edge engineering titles while some important software apps are still written in DOS! Some apps are GPU-intensive, some apps are open source, some apps require complex drivers. With AppsAnywhere, you can virtualize and deliver all of your Windows application estate to any device, ready for on-demand end-user access.

Which applications can we help your virtualize?

We can help you virtualize 100% of Windows applications. All Windows apps. Any Windows application. 100% of Windows software programs. However we say it, there's no Windows app we can't virtualize. AppsAnywhere uses a next-generation application virtualization technology called that can handle every single Windows app, even if they're legacy software or 16-bit!

This includes virtualizing:

  • ArcGIS
  • MATLAB
  • SPSS
  • SAS
  • NVivo
  • Adobe CC
  • SAP

... and any other difficult-to-virtualize apps, without needing to use an expensive desktop virtualization technology.

When you implement AppsAnywhere you'll also have free access to Software2 Library and our Packaging Service, which is full of all the application packaging recipes you need to get going, tried and tested by our customer community. Easy as pie!

Why are some apps difficult to virtualize?

It's quite a bold claim to make; being able to virtualize and deploy 100% of Windows applications. Many organizations have tried this with legacy virtualization technologies like Microsoft App-V or VMware ThinApp, and found the packaging process a pain (or a dark art) with success limited to around 60% of your software estate. 

And typically, it's that other 40% which are the applications that you wanted to use virtualization technology to distribute in the first place!

What makes our virtualization different?

The answer comes down to how the technology virtualizes the applications. Legacy application virtualization technologies (such as App-V) use a concept familiar to most of us known as a 'Sandbox'. The applications are effectively encapsulated outside of the Operating System (OS) and interaction with the OS is very limited. It also means anything locally installed has limited or no access to the apps within the Sandbox.

The immediate upshot of this approach is that any complicated app that needs access to OS resources - drivers, Windows services, and so on - are unable to be packaged. In the STEM world particularly (science, technology, engineering and maths) this is a huge proportion of the apps used. Furthermore, items such as plug-ins or add-ons that are locally installed will just not work with the virtualized application.

Our solution uses a slightly different approach, which is how we're able to achieve much higher virtualization rates. Without going into too much detail, this is down in part to the way the technology handles isolated and integrated layering.

How can you virtualize difficult Windows apps more effectively?

With our technology, the virtualization world is seen in a different way. Using a unique layering approach, virtualized apps can be made to be fully integrated with the OS, have access to all system processes, and vice versa. This means that although the application resides with a virtual file system and registry, it behaves like it's locally installed. Coupled with a Sandbox layer, which any file/folder/regkey can take advantage of, all the benefits of legacy application virtualization technologies can still be realized, too.

This layered approach provides two distinct advantages:

  1. Being able to virtualize 100% of Windows apps!
  2. The speed and success of the packaging process

Our customers estimate they can save between 50-75% of the time required to package apps using our solution.

Learn how our customers virtualize apps...