Imagine you need a software like Office, GIMP or Notepad++, but don’t want to install a new app or your computer doesn’t have minimum specs for this software. In such situations, you can make use of certain services to run desktop or mobile apps in your web browser without downloading or installing them on your device.
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These web services provide a cloud runtime environment for numerous apps and allow you to run and use these software across different platforms using just a browser. Moreover, the apps are interoperable and adaptable to different workloads and environments. That means, you can start working in the cloud with in minutes.
Alright, let’s check out some of the best web services I’ve shortlisted for you, along with their different features and capabilities to run numerous apps/software directly in the web browser.
Out of all such web services I’ve tried out, rollApp excels in features and stability over others in this list. An online virtualization platform, rollApp is very easy to sign up, use and connect to your cloud storage.
This platform provides access to 230+ on-demand software in different categories such as word processors, graphics and education tools, system utilities, games as well as development apps.
If you want to try out or test mobile apps in the browser, then Appetize is the tool for you. This web service allows previewing, using and testing apps on a cloud simulator directly from the browser.
Its web interface facilitates uploading, updating and embedding as well as streaming apps to end users for experience testing.
Of all the solutions in this list, Cameyo is the only service that offers most features for free (with limitations, of course).
It is an app virtualization platform that allows packaging and running portable versions of Windows apps, and supports running apps in the browser using its cloud virtualization. Cameyo is the only web service in this list that lets you directly execute Windows programs – online as well as offline.
If you’re looking for an Android emulator in the cloud, then Manymo would suit you the best. This emulator lets you test or run Android apps directly in the web browser, hence you can experience and enjoy apps even without having an Android device.
Manymo mimics the simulated device with the look & feel of a real device, and works well for trying out apps or playing games (may not work for heavy games) on various platforms including Windows PC.
Last but perhaps the most powerful service is Turbo – a virtual platform for running, testing and deploying Windows apps and services in the cloud. The apps run through a browser extension installed in your web browser that works without admin privileges, thus eliminating installation or dependencies issues.
It offers 1000+ apps in various categories like players, browsers, chat, productivity, servers, system and developer tools, with no administrative privileges or drivers. Turbo, however, offers very limited features for free.
With such web services offering cloud virtualization technologies, you can try out different apps without installation, take risks to run unwanted apps on your system and host your or your team’s favorite apps in the cloud for quick and easy access. And that’s just the beginning of what all such services can help you achieve.
rollApp and Cameyo can be useful for running on-demand programs on any device. On the other hand, Appetize and Manymo are good options for running mobile apps or play games from almost any platform. In a business environment, these services provide a quick virtual app system to help your team begin working on something great without facing infrastructure issues.
Have you ever thought of running standalone apps in your browser? Do you know of any other such web service? Do tell us using the comments.
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