Parallels Access, which lets you access your PC remotely from a smartphone or tablet, now supports a host of new portable devices including Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge.
The “phablets” now also enable users to run their PC software on the small screen using Samsung’s S Pen stylus. So, besides just firing up Microsoft Word and typing on it, you can possibly open Photoshop and draw something as well.
Among the other new devices supported, Parallels Access 2.5 will work with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S, the Korean electronics maker’s high-end tablet, as well as Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet.
The software offers a different way to run popular PC programs on the go. Instead of downloading downsized versions for the small screen, Parallels Access connects to your Mac or PC at home via the Internet to fire up programs installed on it.
To overcome issues with running desktop software on the small screens, it has come up with optimisations such as easy zoom and mouse-like controls using a touch screen.
The new version 2.5 also supports Macs running the newly-released Mac OS X Yosemite and PCs using Microsoft’s Windows 10 Technical Preview.
Parallels Access is sold as a subscription, costing S$25.98 a year or S$44.98 for two years for individuals.
This will let you hook up five remote computers from an unlimited number of iOS of Android tablets or phones. Users can also connect between an unlimited number of computers.
Good news if you’re an existing Parallels Access users – you can get the upgrade for free.
There’s an offer for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge users as well. You can get a six-month subscription free via the Galaxy Gifts package on your phones.