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'Parallels Access' Brings Remote Desktop Access to iPhone

Parallels has updated its Parallels Access app, which allows iPad users access their Mac or Windows desktops on their tablets, with iPhone support, allowing iPhone users to also access their desktops on the go.
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“Parallels Access received a tremendously positive reception from iPad users, and now we are extending our solution to millions of Android and iPhone users. While traditional remote desktop products are trying to show a large desktop on a small mobile device, we worked hard to make remote access from mobile devices a truly simple and effective experience,” said Jack Zubarev, president of Parallels.
The update also includes the ability to use an iPhone or iPad's microphone remotely for desktop apps that may require them, the ability to change the screen resolution, the ability to wake a sleeping remote computer, Facebook login integration and a new file browser. The browser allows users to browse and open files on their iPad or iPhone.


Users must download the free Parallels Access app on both their desktop of choice and iPad or iPhone. They can then launch their desktop apps in "full-screen mode" via a SpringBoard-like App Launcher. While the apps are free, users must subscribe to the service, which costs $19.99 a year for up to five remote desktops. Parallels also offers a two-week free trial.

Parallels Access is a universal app that's available for free in the App Store. [Direct Link]

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19 weeks ago
I miss when you pay one price for software and don't have recurring billing...
Rating: 15 Votes
19 weeks ago
Kind of a bold claim since I've been using TeamViewer for two years.
Rating: 9 Votes
19 weeks ago

I miss when you pay one price for software and don't have recurring billing...


Me too. I also won't pay for a subscription service like this and the fewer who do, the less likely they are to persist with the billing strategy.
Rating: 4 Votes
19 weeks ago
Why is reinventing the wheel such big news?
Rating: 3 Votes
19 weeks ago

Kind of a bold claim since I've been using TeamViewer for two years.

Who would need Parallels Access subscription when so many software of that kind you just pay less and pay only once. Example: Jump Desktop -excellent software, more features, awesome speed, etc -exceeds Parallels Access by many points !
I wish Parallels team : get real,Guys, use common sense !:):):)
Rating: 3 Votes
19 weeks ago

Who would need Parallels Access subscription when so many software of that kind you just pay less and pay only once. Example: Jump Desktop -excellent software, more features, awesome speed, etc -exceeds Parallels Access by many points !
I wish Parallels team : get real,Guys, use common sense !:):):)


Another vote for Jump Desktop!. I jumped ship from LogMeIn when they ditched the free service.
Rating: 2 Votes
19 weeks ago
I had tried downloading splashtop, logmein, and team viewer previously.

Ended up paying $20 for Screens - seems to meet my needs.
Rating: 2 Votes
19 weeks ago

Please tell me which ones ?


I'm not sure of its price (since I own it, and it won't show me the current price), but I find iTeleport works great. It does both VNC & RDP for one price.
Rating: 1 Votes
19 weeks ago

It would have been crazy to buy the launch price of $79. Even the subscription price makes no sense since you can BUY very good remote desktop apps for 10-$20 with no subscription.


You can buy all sorts of remote desktop terminals on Mac/iOS/Windows for anywhere from .99$ to 99.99$

However none of them include a hosted service as I presume this does (as does logmein, etc).

The hosted service gives the ability for the solution to "just work" in contrast to other solutions which require port forwarding / firewall rules / ddns setup. While those might not be a problem for some people to organize, they are a significant problem to those people who either don't have the technical wherewithal or, more crucially, don't or can't have access to make the changes they would need to make a static setup work.

The problem with a hosted service is that there is ongoing costs associated with it's use and operation that need to be recouped. People by and large have shown a preference for monthly financing, hence the prevalence of that model, however most companies have a way of buying yearly, or even bi-yearly via invoice, allowing you to treat it more like a traditional software purchase.

Karl P
Rating: 1 Votes
19 weeks ago
I have two apps that I use for remote access of Macs. One is PocketCloud and the other is VNC Viewer by RealVNC. Both do a decent job of connecting to my Mac for free. I did have to set up port forwarding on my router, but free is good.
Rating: 1 Votes

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