Ericom Software, a global leader in application access and desktop virtualization solutions, announced this week that Hanover School District has chosen Ericom AccessNow to provide high school students with browser-based access to hosted Windows applications and desktops from Chromebooks, laptops and tablets. Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP client, was chosen over the competition based on its high performance, flexibility, and ease of implementation and use.

Ericom AccessNow runs entirely within any HTML5 compatible browser such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari and requires no installation of software on the end-user device, significantly reducing IT and helpdesk support costs. It is an ideal solution for Hanover and other K-12 school districts seeking to implement BYOD and to easily provide the greatest number of students with quick access to Web / Windows-based applications and desktops, on any end-user device supporting an HTML5 browser — easily and cost-effectively, from home and school.

David Fry, Technology Director for Hanover Public School District said: “Ericom AccessNow fits right in with our 1:1 and Hybrid computing vision. We needed a simple, installation-free solution to allow students using Chromebooks or any other device to easily access Pennsylvania Department of Education Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT), Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access, and other hosted Windows apps.”

“We first tested Citrix Receiver for HTML5, which works only on Chromebooks. We struggled just to set it up.” Hanover eventually chose Ericom AccessNow over Citrix based on Ericom product’s high performance, flexibility, and ease of implementation. Fry added, “Ericom’s HTML5 client was much easier to implement, it’s much more intuitive and it works not only on Chromebooks but on any device with a Chrome or HTML5 supported browser. The integration of AccessNow into our infrastructure was a breeze.”

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