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 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.
Growth of Remote Computing
Software that enables remote access to a computer is just starting to take off. Devices such as the Nvidia Shield, which run in a similar way to an iPad with Parallels Access, could easily be the future of computing. The Nvidia Shield has been on the market for nearly a month and allows people to run full PC games by remotely connecting to a more powerful PC.
Just like the Shield, Parallels Access adjusts the look and size of apps to make them work on the smaller device. In the case of Access, early reports are that it works well and that all PC/Mac applications will run on the smaller screen.
Of course, the market is not free from competitors. GoToMyPC and PocketCloud Pro are already available for people seeking to access their computers remotely.