RemoteApp – Remote Desktop Without the Desktop!


One of the concerns we hear from clients when moving to the cloud is they don’t want to make things different or harder on their users.  The cloud tool that we recommend is RemoteApp.  You might be used to Remote Desktop, which basically virtualized the desktop that you were accessing. RemoteApp uses the same protocol, but shares the applications instead of the entire desktop.

Remote App DesktopThis means all your programs appear to be running on your local machine, even showing up in the start menu – making a seamless end-user experience.

  • Programs launch right from your start menu.
  • Seamless – even though you are accessing programs and data from the cloud, it looks and acts like you’re on your local machine.
  • Changes to the published connection (like newly published RemoteApp programs) are automatically shown on the Start menu, with no effort on the user’s part.
  • RemoteApp programs can be easily launched with Windows Search.
  • Only log on once, no additional prompts when using additional programs.
  • Easily manage multiple windows, drag them anywhere you like, including onto multiple monitors.
  • Simple installation – you just need your unique URL and your login credentials.
  • Gives you all the speed and benefits of the cloud – updates done in one central location.

RemoteApp allows companies to scale their business effortlessly and more affordably. Think about it — you can turn a less-than-perfect machine into a functional masterpiece simply by using the RemoteApps (just like you would if you used RDP) but it looks and feels a lot better to the user.

And you don’t have to be on the Crestwood Cloud (although I can’t image why you wouldn’t be) to use RemoteApps.


See for yourself! 

Watch a quick video demo of Dynamics GP in the cloud with the Remote App.  We even show you how to set up RemoteApp (it’s really easy).


We have seen many customers who require this scenario to get around several issues. RemoteApp offers several benefits:

In the following real world scenario, the Company has outsourced its accounting and now needs to give their Accounting Firm access to their QuickBooks. By installing a RemoteApp Server, and installing QuickBooks on the new server, the Company can now share the application to the Accounting Firm without compromising security, functionality, or speed. This allows the Accounting Firm to remain in their office and still work fluidly with QuickBooks.

Office 365 logoRemoteApp’s combined with Office 365 gives you Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook as hosted applications as well. As a matter of fact, when you load Office 365 as a “Click-to-Run” application and an End-user logs into Office 365 from the RemoteApp Server, the license does not count against your 5 useable licenses.

There are many practical uses for RemoteApp’s and each business case is unique. This solution works great if you have older applications that need to run on Windows XP or Windows 7 as it can be emulated with RemoteApp’s allowing you to upgrade client systems while keeping the integrity of older applications. Windows 7 – 10 all support RemoteApps and we can expect more development in this area from Microsoft.


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