updated 08:29 am EDT, Tue June 17, 2014
Remote access solution adds features, devices; reduces costs to entry
Virtualization solution company Parallels today introduced a major update to its Parallels Access app for remote access to PCs and Macs. Originally available only on iPad, this release adds support for Android phones and tablets and for the iPhone. It also delivers new features for an improved remote experience, and introduces Parallels Access for Business. Additionally, the company has lowered costs for the service for all users.
In addition to new platforms, new features included with the update include Facebook login integration, the ability to launch desktop applications with a single tap right from the home screen of an Android device, a new file browser on iOS, microphone use on iPad or iPhone, and the ability to change screen resolution for best fit for different types of devices.
Hardware requirements include an iPad mini and iPad 2 or later running iOS 7, or an iPhone 4s and later running iOS 7, or most tablets and phones running Android 4.0 and later. Remote computers can be a PC running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, or a Mac running OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7).
Parallels Access is available in the Apple iTunes App Store and on Google Play with a two-week free trial. Individual subscriptions are available for $20 for one year or $35 for two years, and include the ability to access up to five remote computers from an unlimited number of iOS and Android tablets and phones.
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 $50 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.