Parallels maintains focus on remote desktop software with Access 7.0

Parallels launches update 7.0 for Parallels Access, a low-threshold app for desktop virtualization and control from a mobile device. The update introduces two-factor authentication (2FA).

Virtualization software can rarely be understood in a few lines. Parallels is developing an exception to the rule. With Access you download and install an app (agent) on a Mac or (virtual) Windows PC. If you download the same agent on a second Mac or Windows PC, it is immediately possible to control the PCs with each other. For example, to use a PC in the office without having to be on location. The only requirement is an internet connection on both devices.

Access runs equally well on iOS and Android. In this case, you download the agent as a mobile app. In any form, you have the files and applications of an external device.

Parallel Access 7.0

The solution is not unique. Software like TeamViewer and Zoho Assist accomplish the same thing. Parallels competes by focusing on security with update 7.0. The desktop app was already equipped with two-factor authentication (2FA). Now Parallels adds the security layer to the iOS and Android app.

In addition, Parallels reports that Google Chrome, MS Edge, and other modern browsers have recently been updated to allow Media Source Extensions. This makes it possible to route video streams from a remote PC to a web browser. Parallels sees an opportunity for Access. In the near term, the organization promises to enable users to use mobile apps from an iOS or Android device in a web browser of their choice. The function is not included in 7.0, but is central internally.