Getting Started with AppsAnywhere

Getting Started

Your access to software is based on your university affiliation: student, faculty, staff, sponsored affiliate, alumni, or guest. Applications on Windows computers at Campus Computing Sites is streamed to computers using the AppsAnywhere software portal. Instead of being installed on Campus Computing Sites computers, most applications will be available on AppsAnywhere and launch from a web browser. Availability will no longer depend on what is physically installed in the Campus Computing Sites location or computer.

Using AppsAnywhere

When you log in to a Campus Computing Sites Windows computer or use Virtual Sites, AppsAnywhere will launch in a Chrome browser and allow you to access the software you need. There are two steps to get started.

Set up Cloud Storage

The first time you access an application using AppsAnywhere, you will be prompted to configure your cloud storage using the Kumo app. Once Kumo is configured to grant access to U-M Box and/or U-M Google Drive, you will be able to choose between those locations to store your files. These locations are then available to you when you are logged into AppsAnywhere.

  • A box in the lower right corner of the AppsAnywhere screen will prompt you to set up your storage. Pick at least one option—either U-M Box or U-M Google Drive—to map the storage option to your local network and allow you to save your work while using Sites computers. For additional details, visit the Kumo support page or visit the Kumo login page.

NoteThis prompt will appear until you set up your network storage, but you will only need to grant this access once.

  • After authorizing, the next time you sign into AppsAnywhere you will see those cloud storage options appear as network drives under the "This PC" icon.

Launch Apps

Apps that are available for you to use will appear in the AppsAnywhere software portal. The Search Bar makes it easy to find the titles you need quickly. You can also use the search to look for additional associated software that may not appear as a main option.

  • Click the Launch button in the application you would like to open. AppsAnywhere uses Cloudpaging to display the status of the app you are trying to launch via a small window that will appear while the software loads. You may ignore or close this window.
  • You can access software that has additional components from the Start Menu (e.g., When using Adobe Photoshop, you can access Adobe Bridge from the Start Menu if needed).

Visit the AppsAnywhere support page for more help.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find the software I need to use?

Use the search bar in the top right-hand corner of the page to search AppsAnywhere for the title you need. Some software titles are contained as sub-titles within another app, so you may see a different main app appear in your search results. Once you click Launch on the main app, you can find your software by clicking the Start button in the lower left corner and searching for the sub-title you're looking for. Click the title's name to open.

If after searching you still can't find the title you need to use, you may not have access to that software. Please review the information on the Campus Computing Sites software access page to see if you are eligible.

Does my Mac computer have access to AppsAnywhere?

Unfortunately, if you try to access AppsAnywhere through a mac, you will receive an error.

Getting Help

Software licenses and your role at the University of Michigan, determine what software you can access on a Sites workstation. If you feel there is a circumstance where you have a legitimate reason for using a software title that is not in conflict with the intent of the licensing terms, please review the Campus Computing Sites website for next steps.

If you have trouble or additional questions, please contact the ITS Service Center:

Last Updated: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017