Parallels updates Parallels Access – Applification is the word

Anthony Caruana
12 August, 2015
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Parallels has updated its Parallels Access app for remote access to PCs and Macs. Launched on both iOS and Android platforms, Parallels has added large file sharing for both that requires no cloud service and wastes no time uploading files of any size, with the ability to manage everything from the desktop agent.

Parallels has also introduced an Apple Watch app that provides users with the ability to see remote computers and initiate a connection for an even better remote experience.

Parallels Access allows mobile devices to remotely run any application, edit documents, and search through and access all the files on a remote computer through a universal file manager. It also allows you to use any computer with a modern web browser to access and run everything on your remote computer.

The unique ‘Applification’ technology of Parallels Access makes desktop apps behave like native apps on tablets and phones.

With an eye toward helping people play their favourite computer games from any iOS device, Parallels Access has added experimental support for Gaming Mode, empowering them to access and play games in a more interactive way. The feature offers improved controls, with a control editor that enables users to create customised touch-based command shortcuts to games such as: Diablo III, Elder Scroll: Skyrim, NFS Rivals, League of Legends and Borderlands 2.

Additional Features include:

  • Universal File Manager with local file support, cloud storage, file previews and access to photos
  • new ‘remoteless’ connection for File Manager – connect to a computer to access files without taking over the screen
  • ability to transfer files from a remote computer to other apps on iOS and Android
  • enhanced file preview for files on a remote computer – now supports Microsoft Office files
  • improved Wake-on-LAN feature, which offers additional ways to wake a remote computer
  • ability to work with multiple monitors in a web-browser session from a remote computer allowing the user to switch between available displays, or see them all at once
  • access to photos on a mobile device from the desktop agent, including the ability to take photos and copy them to a remote computer
  • universal support for portrait and landscape for enhanced usability
  • new OneDrive support for cloud storage in addition to existing support for Google Drive and Dropbox providing consumers additional options
  • file previews in icons through File Manager for easier navigation, and
  • 64-bit support for new CPU architecture on iOS devices.

Parallels Access is available in the Apple iTunes App Store with a two-week free trial. Individual subscriptions are available for purchase for $19.99 for one year or $34.99 for two years. Users can access up to five remote computers from an unlimited number of iOS and Android tablets and phones or computers with a modern web browser.

Hardware requirements:

  • iPad: iPad mini 2 and iPad 2 or later running iOS 8
  • iPhone: iPhone 6s and later running iOS 8, and
  • Android: most tablets and phones running Android 5.0.

Remote computers can be a PC running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 or Windows 7, or a Mac running OS X El Capitan (experimental support), OS X Yosemite (10.10), OS X Mavericks (10.9), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) and OS X Lion (10.7).

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