Parallels just added remote desktop access to your wrist. No, you can’t edit Excel documents or even files from your Apple Watch, but you can start a remote connection or see available computers right from your wrist with the new version of Parallels Access released today.
The app, for iOS and Android, allows users to access their desktop apps from their smartphones or tablets, with a host of gesture-based touch controls that replace normal keyboard-and-mouse functionality.
While the Apple Watch stuff is cool, the Parallels Access 3.0 update is focused around large file transfers within the app and an experimental gaming mode to the remote desktop app.
The new “remoteless” file transfer system allows users to get files from their desktop while on a mobile device without having to take over the entire computer. There’s no need to upload the file to a cloud storage provider; just get a link and share it with friends or colleagues.
A new gaming mode is also included in the update, but on a more experimental basis. iOS users can access improved controls and an editor for custom touch-based controls for a few games, including Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Diablo III and Borderlands 2.
The update is available for both iOS and Android users now. Users can get Parallels Access for $19.99 per year, which grants remote access to up to five computers from mobile devices and browsers.