Get Started with MyApps at Brown

Brown’s MyApps service is a method for members of the Brown Community to access software without the need for installation. By using MyApps, you can connect to a “virtual desktop” that provides you with core apps and computational software that are available to faculty, students, and staff.

MyApps integrates directly with your Brown OneDrive account. You can save files directly to your OneDrive folder and access them either within the MyApps service or from your own computer via OneDrive for Web or the OneDrive application.

Why use MyApps?

  • You have a Mac and want to use software that can only be installed on Windows

  • You're a student and need to use specialized software not available for student download

  • You need to use a piece of software very occasionally and don't want to install it

How do I connect to MyApps?

If you use MyApps regularly, installing the Microsoft Remote Desktop app is recommended to streamline your login experience. Please follow instructions at the appropriate link below:

MyApps can be utilized entirely as a web-based service on any platform and does not require the Microsoft Remote Desktop app. This gives you the convenience of accessing your applications from any computer.

Connect to MyApps with a web browser

Launch a web browser and navigate to, you’ll be prompted to log in with your Brown credentials in Microsoft format - “” (ex.  After successfully authenticating, you be able to view and access each of the MyApps virtual desktops assigned to you. Each virtual desktop will have apps that are tailored to your role at the University.

Software Available with MyApps

Here are some of the Apps you will see after following the instructions above:

Core Applications (available to students, staff, and Brown-paid faculty)

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft OneNote

  • Microsoft Powerpoint

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • Google Chrome

  • Firefox

  • File Explorer 

  • 7-Zip

  • Treesize

Computational Applications (available to students, staff, and faculty)

  • ArcGIS Suite

  • GeoDa

  • Matlab

  • Maple

  • Mathematica

  • SPSS

  • R/R-Studio

  • SAS

  • SPSS

  • Stata

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