August 28, 2013
Parallels has introduced a new service that may go a long way to making it easier to access Mac and PC applications on an iPad. Parallels Access offers what is being described as an "applifying" experience for anyone who needs to access computer applications on the tablet. What makes Parallels Access unique is that it runs any Windows or Mac application as if it were created for the iPad. In doing so, users can use gestures such as tap, swipe, pinch, and scroll. Best of all, the product can handle a variety of tasks at the same time, including work-related programs, streaming video, and games. To get started, you’ll need to download and install the free Parallels Access app in the App Store. Next, an agent is needed on each computer that you would like to access on the iPad. These agents are available via the Parallels website. Parallels Access authenticates and connects the two devices using a Parallels account. This guarantees that the connection is secure. From there, the magic begins. Each time you start Parallels Access on your iPad, you’ll be presented with an App Launcher screen that shows compatible desktop applications. Programs can be added and deleted from this screen in much the same way as you do with iOS apps. This “applifying” method allows users to move between programs via “full screen” mode. Take a look: Parallels Access is free to use for 14 days. From there, it will cost $79.99 per year for each computer connected. We’ll have more to say about Parallels Access in the coming days. In the meantime, see the Parallels website for more information.