Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac lets you seamlessly run Windows and Mac applications side-by-sid

Parallels Access updated for Mac and Windows apps on iPad

Parallels released Parallels Access 1.1, an update to the software that enables iPad users to run Windows or Mac OS X applications. Parallels also changed the pricing from a per-remote-computer model to a per-user model. A user can now access up to ten computers with an annual subscription.

Parallels Access lets iPad users operate OS X applications running on a Mac and Windows apps running in a Parallels Desktop virtual machine. It can also remotely access Windows applications running on a PC. The connections are made through the Internet via a network or mobile phone connection. (Continued below.)

The new version updates the interface to fit with iOS 7, and more fully supports OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Windows 8 and 8.1 as remote computers. (Windows 7 is also supported.) Parallels Access 1.1 enhances connections into and out of corporate networks.

On the iPad, the Mac or Windows applications have the look and feel of iOS apps, appearing as icons in an app launcher. You can remove icons from the launcher in the same way you delete iOS apps. Tapping an icon launches the Mac or Windows application, filling the iPod screen. You can have multiple Mac and Windows open and switch between them when needed. You can also copy and paste between the computer applications and native iOS apps, and between Mac and Windows applications.

Users select text with the standard iOS magnifying glass text selector box. You can also use the magnifying glass to select and edit graphics. Scrolling uses the standard iOS 1-finger gesture. A feature called SmartTap will find the closes item that you tap and selected it.

The virtual keyboard that appears with Windows apps displays Windows-specific keys. Parallels Access also works with the Windows standard dictation feature.

Parallels Access is sold as a subscription for US $80 annually, but is available now for $50. It requires iOS 6 or later on an iPad 2 or later, as well as OS X 10.7 Lion or later or Windows 7 or later.