Parallels Mobile – the iPad partner app for Parallels Desktop – has had a recent update, to Version 3.0.510.
The big new feature in this update is the ability to ‘control your Mac just like you control your virtual machine’. So it’s aiming to be more of a full-fledged remote access app rather than just a way of connecting to a virtual machine on a Mac.
I’ve been using Parallels Mobile for a long while now and it works very well as a means of remote access to my Windows 7 virtual machine on my MacBook Pro. I installed this latest update a couple days ago, and have also upgraded to Parallels Desktop 7 on my MBP (which is required for the new ‘control your Mac’ feature to work).
I’ve only given the Mac access a very quick try. It works, though navigation in it does not appear as good as in other remote access apps as a first impression.
Despite being a very happy VMware Fusion user for few years now, the new release of Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac caught my eye – as I mentioned last week. One of the main reasons it did is that it has a free companion Parallels Mobile app for the iPad and iOS devices.
Last week I got a chance to install Parallels Desktop 6 on my Macbook Pro and Parallels Mobile on my iPad, and to try out controlling my Windows 7 virtual machine on my Mac from the iPad. My main goal with this was to be able to use my favorite blogging app – Windows Live Writer – from the iPad.
The new Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac looks really good. It’s got 80 new features and some major speed improvements over its previous version. Here’s the one new feature that sounds the best of all to me:
New! Parallels Mobile App
Enjoy full access and control of your virtual machine from wherever you are with our new iPhone/iPad app. Access and use programs in a virtual machine remotely, even if you are not on the same network as you Mac.
Yes! A free companion, universal app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. I run one essential Windows app on my MacBook Pro (a blog editing app) – so this ability to work with a VM from my iPad is a dream of a feature. I’ve downloaded the 14-day trial of Parallels Desktop 6 and can’t wait to try this out.
Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac is priced at $79.99 for new users and $49.99 for upgraders. For more info or to purchase or download a trial, go here: