Parallels Access Lets iPad Users Run PC Apps

Running certain applications while on the road can be a pain, especially when carrying around multiple devices is simply not something that you can do. Many people tend to use an iPad when traveling or when going to school and work, but there are limitations to that -- the biggest one being a lack of applications meant for productivity.

Parallels, which already allows people to use Windows on their Mac, has come out with a new program called Parallels Access. This new software allows users to run full Windows applications on their iPad by connecting to a Mac or a PC remotely. In doing so, someone could eliminate the need to carry around a bulky laptop and instead opt to just use an iPad with a keyboard.

Improvements in Parallels

Parallels has been around since 2006, when Intel-based Macs first arrived on the market. Since the new computers were running Intel chips, Parallels discovered that it was possible to run Windows applications on a Mac without any major issues in performance. Since the first version of Parallels Desktop for Mac, the software has improved immensely and a Mac can now run Windows software just as well as a regular PC can.

With Parallels Access, a relatively new way to use computers is becoming possible. Although there are already certain devices that can remotely connect to a laptop or desktop computer, the real benefit of Access comes from its ability to shrink Windows apps to the correct size and make them manageable on a smaller screen.

In a demo video of the service, applications such as Microsoft Word were shown running on an iPad. By resizing the apps to fit onto the iPad's screen, virtually every application from Firefox to Office should run without issues.

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