updated 10:05 pm EDT, Tue August 27, 2013
Solution bypasses normal desktop metaphor with app launcher
Virtualization solutions provider Parallels today introduced Parallels Access for iPad, a product that the company claims "applifies" Windows and Mac applications on the iPad, letting customers remotely access and experience them as if they were made for the iPad. The remote access solution tailors the user experience based on available bandwidth, and brings iOS conventions to desktop applications on the iPad.
Parallels Access gives users an app launcher to start any desktop application, an app switcher going from app to app easily, native select and drag, native copy and paste, a full desktop keyboard on the iPad screen, and full screen for desktop applications on the iPad.
Parallels Access hardware requirements include an iPad 2, iPad 3 or iPad mini and a Mac running OS X (Lion 10.7.x, Mountain Lion 10.8.x, or the upcoming Mavericks 10.9 after it launches) or a PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8. If a Mac user also runs Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, then Parallels Access will also "applify" all of its Windows virtual machines and apps so they work like they were made for iPad.
Parallels Access for iPad is initially available for purchase on the App Store as an annual subscription at $80 for each computer being accessed. Each Mac or PC being accessed needs its own subscription. The Mac Agent is available immediately with a 14-day free trial, and the PC Agent is currently in beta and is available at no charge during the beta period.