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Apps Anywhere (Project)

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Overview

Apps Anywhere allows applications to be streamed and run without full installation and will transform the way students and staff access University software. We are providing this service as a direct consequence of a request from student representatives.

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Project 'Heads-up' (04/04/17)

A project has been defined which aims to improve the UoR software delivery process and prepare for the end of life of Windows 7 by making Windows 10 (with Office 2016) our standard desktop platform.

A key objective will be to upgrade labs, library and teaching spaces to Windows 10 during the summer of 2017.

Mainstream Microsoft support for Windows 7 ended 2 years ago and ends for Windows 8.1 within a year. Extended support for Windows 7 ends at the beginning of 2020 but it will be increasingly difficult to install Windows 7 on new computers as manufacturers will not develop software drivers for new hardware.

Our software delivery process needs to be improved in response to previous issues deploying teaching software to the range of labs where it is needed and also from student requests to make curriculum applications more available generally both on and off-campus, especially on student-owned PCs.

Another objective is for Apps Anywhere to become the default delivery system for curriculum applications with effect from academic year 2017-18. With this system, applications will no longer need to be installed but can be streamed and run on any PC with the 'Cloudpaging Player' installed. Already, students can select from 30+ apps and use them in any lab, PC in the library or on their own PCs (when on campus).

Project Plan (02/02/17)

Apps Anywhere has already been deployed specifically to centrally-booked PC labs and classrooms. This has greatly expanded access to the key teaching applications by making applications available in all locations, including the Library.

We are now enabling access from students' own computers when used on campus (including UPP halls of residence).

Further stages will make eligible software available even wider, including to staff PCs and, later, to devices off campus.

Currently you must be on a University Campus (excluding UoRM) in order to access Apps Anywhere.

Apps Anywhere requires the installation of a special program known as the 'Cloudpaging Player' to run applications on your computer. This is installed already on centrally-booked PCs but if you want to use applications on your own computer, you will need to get and install the Player. This is usually done the first time you visit Apps Anywhere.

Apps Anywhere is being progressively rolled out to users in the University. This is occurring in four major phases:

1

Roll-out to existing centrally booked PC labs/clusters. This will provide our applications on all (lab/classroom) PCs.

Available in beta test

Please try it and provide feedback

2 Extension to students' own PCs / Laptops while on campus (including UPP halls)*.

Available in beta test

Please try it and provide feedback

3 Extension to staff's PCs / Laptops while on campus. Coming Q1 2017
4 Wider extension to UoR members machines at home*. TBA

 

 

 

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