Parallels Access 1.1 offers improved networking, enhanced Windows support and more

| Product News

Parallels, the folks famous for their Windows (and other OS) virtualization for the Mac, released version 1.1 of Parallels Access on Tuesday. Access is an iPad app that "applifies" Windows and Mac applications from the desktop, making them easy to, well, access and use on your iPad.

Parallels Access 1.1 offers several new improvements and features:

  • Full support for remote computers running Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, in addition to Macs running Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion
  • Localization in 11 languages — In addition to English and German, Parallels Access now supports Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
  • An iOS 7 redesign — Bringing the latest iPad OS updates from Apple to the Parallels Access experience
  • Single port connection — Parallels has now made it easier to work within certain corporate networks

Parallels is offering a choice between a US$4.99 monthly or $49.99 annual Parallels Access subscription that lets subscribers access up to 10 PC or Mac computers. The updated app is available now in Apple's App Store as a free download and comes with a free two-week trial. New purchasers of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac get a free six-month subscription.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

The initial version of Parallels Access blew us away with its innovative approach to running desktop applications on an iPad. After just a few minutes, it was clear the word "applify" was more than just marketing spin. The app's new pricing plan, additional languages and enhanced Windows support should make this a godsend for anyone who needs remote access to their desktop apps -- be they Mac or Windows.

Popular TMO Stories



Parallels is offering a choice between a US$4.99 monthly or $49.99 annual Parallels Access subscription

**whistle** Personal foul. Abusive subscription access.

Either of their packages work out to ~$600/year forever. Don’t care if it is better than 2X or any of the other RDP clients. I won’t pay an absurd price for subscription software. I could build a whole Windows box for a fraction of that and then use it to remote in via a free RDP client on my iPad for a fraction of that cost.
Just ain’t gonna happen.

The app’s new pricing plan, ...snip…should make this a godsend for anyone who needs remote access to their desktop apps

Godsend?!? Maybe to people with more money than brains.

Chuck La Tournous

Hi, geoduck—

I felt the same way as you until I tried Parallels Access. The “apply” approach goes far beyond anything I’ve ever seen on traditional VNC clients, turning desktop apps into what actually feels like native iPad apps. Believe it or not, this is *nothing* like RDP and I think you have to try it to appreciate it.

I don’t understand what you mean by $600/year forever, but for someone who really needs frequent access to their desktop apps (including Windows apps), I think it’s a reasonable price. For those with a casual need, putting up with a cheaper VNC option may be a more cost-effective, albeit frustrating, solution.

Parallels offers a free two-week trial. Why not give it a try and see how different it is? That’s what did it for me.


I don’t understand what you mean by $600/year forever,

My mistake. I read that as $49.99/monthly.

Log in to comment (TMO, Twitter or Facebook) or Register for a TMO account