Parallels Access on the iPad Pro

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Parallels received its first iPad Pro the other day, and I was able to use it for a few days.

Man that screen is big!

The first thing I did was to install Parallels Access (version 3.0.2) from the iTunes App Store, and check out how well it works.

I tested Mac apps, Windows apps, the Magnifying Glass, File Manager, gestures, selections, changing resolution, the keyboard, the tutorial screens, the App Launcher, landscape and portrait orientation, etc. Basically all the features I show in my standard demo of Parallels Access. With only one exception, everything seemed to work just fine. I did not have an Apple Pencil or physical keyboard, so I could not test either of these this time.

The one thing I couldn’t do despite about a half dozen attempts was extending a text selection in Word by “grabbing” one of the selection “pins” and enlarging or shrinking the selection. The real QA engineers on the Parallels Access development team are checking this out now, in order to determine if this was my error, something specific to the iPad Pro that I used, or an issue on this new iPad model that needs to be addressed by the development team. When I have an update from the team, I will update this blog post.

In the meantime, here are some screenshots of Parallels Access on the iPad Pro. Did I mention that the screen is really big?

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Figure 1: Word for Windows in landscape.

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Figure 2: Excel for Windows in landscape.

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Figure 3: App Launcher in portrait.

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Figure 4: PowerPoint for Windows in landscape.

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Figure 5: Word for Mac in landscape.

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Figure 6: File Manager in landscape.

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Figure 7: Magnifying Glass in Word for Windows in landscape.

 

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Kurt has been a Mac developer since before the Mac came out. Today he is the Senior Product Manager at Parallels where he works on both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Access. Prior to Parallels, he was the Senior Mac Evangelist in the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. Kurt is the author of three books and has lectured internationally on object-oriented programming, UI design, and virtualization. Kurt is also a Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional for 2014 and 2015. Outside of work, Kurt has been a fencer for many years, has four times been a member of the US team at the world championships, and has also been the coach of the US team: http://www.naginata.org.