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Old Aug 27, 2013, 11:08 PM   #1
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'Parallels Access' Launches in App Store, Bringing Mac and Windows Access to the iPad




Parallels, the company behind popular virtualization software Parallels, has launched a new iPad app and subscription service called Parallels Access that allows iPad and iPad mini users to remotely access and use their Mac or Windows apps on the device.
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With Parallels Access you can increase your productivity by accessing your computers and desktop applications from anywhere. You are able to access your professional business applications and get all your entertainment such as streaming video from your Mac or PC onto your iPad. And do it as though all your Windows and Mac applications were designed for your iPad.
The app allows users to interact with their desktop apps in the same way they would interact with their iPad apps, with the full range of iPad gestures available for compatible apps. Parallels Access translates what would usually be mouse clicks and movements into iPad-friendly alternatives.

Users must download the free Parallels Access Desktop app to their computer of choice in addition to the app on the iPad. They can then access their desktop apps via the Sprinboard-like App Launcher and switch between apps in the iOS-like App Switcher. The apps are only available to use on the iPad in "full screen" mode.

The app, though free, requires a subscription service and costs $79.99 a year per computer running a registered client. Parallels offers a free 14-day trial that allows users to test the app before purchasing.

Parallels Access is available for free for the iPad and iPad mini [Direct Link]

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Old Aug 27, 2013, 11:17 PM   #2
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Old Aug 27, 2013, 11:17 PM   #3
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This should be on the first page. It's great. (waiting to see how well desktop apps work in iPad only gestures).
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Old Aug 27, 2013, 11:19 PM   #4
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Just watched the video. Don't think it is any better than its alternatives.
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Old Aug 27, 2013, 11:19 PM   #5
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Old Aug 27, 2013, 11:29 PM   #6
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Old Aug 27, 2013, 11:33 PM   #7
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This is a nice app. Good to know you can use your iDevice as a multitouch track pad...
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Old Aug 27, 2013, 11:41 PM   #8
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$79/year... whaa...?

I am not prepared to incur [large] recurring payments for a non-service (e.g. not like Dropbox, Pandora, etc.) application.
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Old Aug 27, 2013, 11:44 PM   #10
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The subscription is obviously an anti piracy measure and to avoid a major sticker shock, but $80 a year is a rather steep. They could probably only justify $20 as a stand alone app, it's just the way the App Store market is.

On the flip side, the number of users pirating their other mac software, the pool of potential real customers is probably quite small and pushed them to this approach.
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So, the many free or cheap alternatives out there that do exactly the same aren't good enough?

Or are the guys behind this just banking on some windows-on-a-mac fanboys to be frothing over their brand so much that they will pay for this, and like oh so many gym memberships, forget to cancel it and pay for it forever while not actually using it?
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Old Aug 28, 2013, 12:04 AM   #12
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How is this different from the existing Parallels for iPhone and iPad?
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Think i will stick to using LogMeIn as it is free and works extremely well
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This is pretty cool but fairly expensive (including Parallels user-hostile per-computer policy, same as their desktop emulation).

The pinch zoom looks brutally slow and unresponsive, I would not have shown that in the video. Still, I guess competition is good.
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How is this different from the existing Parallels for iPhone and iPad?
They removed the existing Parallels Mobile from the App Store and replaced it with Parallels Access. In the process, it went from a $5 app to an annually-recurring $80 subscription. I really, really loathe subscription models applied to software.
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What is the difference with team viewer which is free (and also available for all platforms) ?
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Think i will stick to using LogMeIn as it is free and works extremely well
Yeah, I'm not sure Parallels will be able to provide $80 of value over the already adequate alternatives on the market. Not to mention that by the time a year is up, whatever new features Parallels was offering, will likely have been added to alternatives like LogMeIn. The app market is changing too fast for me to want to jump into a one year/$80 contract, when who knows what the best app in this category will be in 12 months.
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What is the difference with team viewer which is free (and also available for all platforms) ?
TeamViewer, and the others, serve as a remote viewer and virtual keyboard & mouse. This app provides an experience that feels like you're still using an iPad app while accessing your Mac or PC.
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This functionality should have been a native ios/osx feature provided by Apple.
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Old Aug 28, 2013, 03:06 AM   #23
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Parallels Desktop is updated every year at $50 (vs. $65 at most retailers). $80 strikes me as exorbitant, particularly since Parallels Desktop is not included.

Parallels might as well just join the subscription party and offer both OS X and iOS clients at combined $50/year. I realize Apple takes 30% of the in-app purchase, but $80 ($56 after 30%) is just too much.
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Meanwhile on the MS Surface, you still get the Windows Desktop interface
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