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Parallels Access "app-ifies" Mac and Windows applications for iPads

Parallels has released Parallels Access, new software that enables iPad users to run Windows or Mac OS X applications on iPads. The applications appear as iOS icons and operate with iOS gestures, not a computer cursor. Parallels Access "app-ifies" them, so the user never sees the computer desktop or OS.

Parallels Access operates applications running on a Mac or PC through a network or mobile phone connection. To access Windows applications, a PC running Windows 7 or 8 is needed, or Mac with Windows running in a Parallels Desktop virtual machine.

On the iPad, the Mac or Windows applications have the look and feel of iOS apps. They appear as iOS icons in an app launcher, like iOS apps. You can remove icons from the launcher in the same way you delete iOS apps. Tap to launch, and the application fills the screen. A switcher features lets you move among applications and documents.

You can have multiple applications open and copy and paste between the computer applications and native iOS apps, and between Mac and Windows applications. Select text with the standard iOS magnifying glass text selector box. You can also use the magnifying glass to select and edit graphics. Scrolling uses the standard iOS 1-finger gesture. A feature called SmartTap will find the closes item that you tap and selected it.

Windows applications get some special Windows-only features. The virtual keyboard displays Windows-specific keys. Parallels Access works with the Windows standard dictation feature.

Parallels Access is sold as a subscription for US $80 annually for each computer. The version for Macs is available as 2-week free trial. The version for PC is still in beta for the next 90 days and is available free during the beta period.