Sunday , October 22 2017

Parallels Access adds new features in version 2.5

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Parallels is about to release version 2.5 of its remote control Parallels Access system. The update brings the ability to remotely access computers from only a web browser, along with full support for the S Pen from Samsung’s Galaxy Note products.

Parallels Access allows you to access your home computer (and others) remotely, and gives you the ability to bring particular programs on those computers into focus view rather than just looking at your desktop. There’s a number of neat user interface touches that make dealing with remote computers easier. We took a look at Parallels Access a few months ago when version 2.0 first brought Android Support to the product.

What’s new in 2.5? Parallels has brought the File Browser over to Android. Using this, you can move files created on your Android device over to remote computers for use. You can also now play sound from the remote computer while the app is in the background. There’s also Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy Note 4 support alongside support for the S Pen found on those devices. Finally, the app now supports Kindle Fire tablets.

Parallels Access costs $24.95 for one year and $43.95 for a two year subscription. If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge, you should check out your Galaxy Gifts section – you’ll find a free six month trial of the product waiting for you.

The updates should be rolling out in the next day or so. If you’re already a subscriber or have the app installed, you should see the update soon. You’ll also need to update the desktop software.

Do you use Parallels Access to control your computers remotely? Tell us in the comments!

 

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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