Parallels Access Brings Its Remote Access to Android and iPhone; Provides Simpler Mobile Experience for Remote Desktop Solutions Users

A major update to the Parallels Access App for remote access to PCs and Macs adds new features and support for Android tablets and smartphones and for the iPhone. By Cecilia Galvin

Parallels has introduced a major update to its Parallels Access app for remote access to PCs and Macs. Originally available only on iPad, the release adds support for Android phones and tablets and for the iPhone; it also delivers new features and introduces Parallels Access for Business, which lets companies centrally assign, manage, and secure remote access to their computers. 

Since the introduction in August 2013, users from highway patrol officers to real estate agents, insurance agents, and sales professionals have taken advantage of the productivity benefits of Parallels Access while on the move. It enables them to leave their laptops back in the office and travel light with iPads. For others, Parallels Access provides insurance for those inevitable, unanticipated events: getting a file that is needed now but it’s sitting on the computer at home, or completing an urgent project while on the move with only a mobile device. 

“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. “With this in mind, Parallels Access enables people to interact with full-featured Mac and PC apps with touch gestures just like the apps were made for their iPhone, iPad or Android device.”

In addition to new platforms, new features include:

  • Facebook login integration lets users log in quickly and easily. 
  • Ability to launch desktop applications with a single tap right from the home screen of an Android device. 
  • A new file browser lets iOS users quickly browse and open files on their remote computer using Parallels Access. 
  • Desktop applications that use a microphone can now be used with the microphone on your iPad or iPhone. 
  • Ability to change screen resolution for best fit for different types of devices. 

Parallels Access for Business Subscriptions Now Available
Parallels Access for Business subscriptions enable IT admins to centrally manage Parallels Access for their employees, including granting or restricting access and reassigning accounts as needed. Business Account subscriptions start at $49.99 per year for five computers. As a limited-time special offer, Parallels Access for Business is available for free for unlimited users and computers until July 31, 2014. Details are available online at www.parallels.com/access-business