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Parallels Access adds Android, iPhone, business remote-desktop access in new release

Mark Hachman | June 18, 2014
One of the better-known remote-desktop clients for the iPad, Parallels Access, has expanded into the iPhone and Android spaces with Parallels Access 2.0, including special access controls for businesses, too.

As Macworld's earlier hands-on noted, Parallels also works responsively over long distances. Dobrovolski claimed that a remote demonstration of the technology in the United States was being controlled over a 3G connection to a PC running in Moscow.  All data is encrypted before it's sent. "Our software works reliably over the 3G connection, and I can type reliably," he said.

Unfortunately, the software does not support authentication via Active Directory, a feature that could be added later this summer, Dobrovolski said. 

Granted, remote access apps become less valuable with the release of apps like Office for iPad, which allow you to work natively on your tablet, rather than over an encrypted tunnel back to your PC. And yet another subscription model may give you pause. Still, for those users who need to access native business apps, an app like Parallels Access may get you out of a tight spot.


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