If you use a Mac, chances are very good that you've at least heard of virtualization (the technology that allows you to run Windows on your Mac). To date, there are really two competing products in this space... VMWare Fusion and Paralells. Both have features I like, and both are good products. The one limitation to both of these products... they don't do anything to let you run traditional Windows (or Mac) apps on your iPad... that is, until now. Yesterday, Parallels launched Parallels Access .
Parallels Access ‘applifies’ your Windows and Mac applications, letting you remotely access and experience them as if they were made for iPad. Tap, swipe, pinch and scroll any Mac or PC software application – even if they were not optimized for the iPad – and get more done on-the-go!
In order to use Parallels Access on your iPad, you will need to install a host agent on your Mac or PC. When it's time to use Parallels Access, simply launch the app. It will then create a secure connection back to your host Mac or PC using a Parallels account, allowing you to run any app installed on your computer from your iPad. Supposedly, network performance issues are a "non-issue", but I find that hard to believe, especially if you experience issues lasting an extended period of time.
The iPad app is free to download, and there is a free 14-day trial. If you like it and want to use it long-term, it will cost you $80/year for each host agent you have running. For those who rely on traditional computer apps and want to use them on the go, you may find it easy to justify the cost.
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