Parallels Access Update: iPad Remote Desktop App adds Cheaper Subscriptions and Windows Support
Parallels Access is like a direct portal back to your desktop workstation. / Credit: Parallels

The Parallels Access app already let iPad users access their desktop Mac computer remotely. Now, a major update includes a visual makeover, the ability to connect remotely to Windows PCs, and a more affordable subscription plan.

A remote desktop app is like a direct portal back to your workstation, allowing you to virtually access your entire office computer desktop, including your applications and files, from a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. In order for this to work, you must have the remote desktop app installed on your mobile device, and an agent program running on your desktop PC.

Parallels Access differs from other remote desktop apps by including the ability to "applify" your desktop programs. The functionality lets you launch full Mac or Windows programs from your iPad as if they were mobile apps, giving you access to Microsoft Office, Photoshop or other desktop programs without launching the full remote desktop environment. Here's a rundown of the new features for business users in version 1.1.

Price Cut: The app now costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 for an annually subscription.  Previously, users paid a yearly fee of $79.99 for Parallels Access. A 14-day free trial is available to new customers.

Access multiple remote computers: Now users can connect to up to 10 PC or Mac computers with one subscription. Previously, subscribers were limited to one remote computer.

Official Windows Support: The ability to use Windows PCs as remote computers was already supported in the beta version of Parallels Access, but the feature is now fully integrated into the app.