Here's why. In 1995, Microsoft issued a new Windows with concepts such as the registry and shared DLLs. These items are why you can't run most apps without installing.
However since you mention Word, why not move up to Open Office which you can install on all machines and is file and format compatible?
We did that and saved the company a pile of cash.
Describe what happens. Take MS Word for instance since there are licenses involved.
To me, it seems as though we are using this application with the same license. My question is, this is not the same as running it remotely right? It is actually being loaded onto my PC's cache and memory. The performance is determined by my machine's configuration, right?