Category: Parallels Desktop for Mac

Customer Request: You Should Make Parallels Desktop for iOS

Customer Request: You Should Make Parallels Desktop for iOS

“You should make a Parallels Desktop for iOS. I want
to be able to run Windows on my iPad.”

As a product manager for Parallels Desktop® for Mac, I receive lots of suggestions from users about features they want to see in Parallels Desktop, as well as requests for Parallels Desktop to run on additional platforms, like Windows or the iPad®.

First of all,
I want to assure you that I really like to receive these suggestions and
requests. They tell me that lots of people like Parallels Desktop and that they
have ideas to make it even better. They’re all looked at by the engineering and
marketing teams here at Parallels—and they often are the inspiration for
features that we explore for future versions.

A request that
we often receive is for “Parallels
Desktop for the iPad,”
with the intended goal of running Windows on an iPad—or
more specifically, to run Windows applications on an iPad.

Let’s
differentiate between two cases: (1) actually
running Windows and Windows applications on an iPad, and (2) appearing to run Windows and Windows applications
on an iPad.

Case 1 requires the installation of Windows and Windows applications into a virtualization app on the iPad. In this case, you could run Excel for Windows on an iPad without using any network connection. I do not know of any virtualization app that would do this, nor have I heard of anyone trying to build such an app. Some have stated that even if such an app were built, Apple® would not allow it in the App Store. In addition, a Windows installation is about 10-20GB which would make such an iPad app reallylarge.

Case 2, on the other hand, requires an app that would show the Windows desktop on the iPad screen and would translate your touches and gestures on the iPad screen into commands that Windows understands. This app would then send those commands to Windows running on a remote computer—and then bring the Windows screen changes back to the iPad and show them on the iPad screen. There are iPad apps that do this, and I will show you two such apps in this blog post. Such apps require a network connection to this remote computer. Without this connection or without the remote computer, they can’t do very much.

Note: Be careful of what you find if you just search for “iPad virtualization app” or “run Windows on iPad.” When I did so, I found fake videos on YouTube, links to apps that run iOS on Windows PCs or the Mac—the opposite of what this blog post is about—and links to legitimate “Case 2” solutions.

Two solutions from Parallels: Parallels Access and
Parallels RAS

There are two “Case 2” solutions from Parallels. While they look quite similar, who uses them and how they are set up differ quite a bit.

Parallels Access®

Parallels Access has an iPad app that enables you to remotely connect to Mac or PC devices that you own or control. Figure 1 shows using the Parallels Access iPad client to remotely access a Windows 10 virtual machine running in Parallels Desktop on my MacBook Pro®.

Parallels Access on iPad connecting to Windows 10 VM
Figure 1_Parallels Access on iPad connecting to Windows 10 VM

Video 1 shows this in operation.

When you install the Parallels Access agent on your Mac or PC, Parallels Access will remember how to navigate the firewall that protects both your iPad and your remote computers. I have successfully used Parallels Access to connect to my home iMac and my work iMac from many locations in the US and around the world. I have even used Parallels Access to connect to these two Mac when I was behind the Great Firewall while on a business trip to China.

When you
install the Parallels Access agent on your Mac or PC, that computer can only be
remotely accessed by you. If, instead, you would like to have a remote PC
accessed by several people, read the next section about Parallels®
Remote Application Server (RAS).

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS)

Parallels RAS has an iPad app “Client” that enables authorized users to connect to a remote Windows PC—either a PC in a Windows cloud–based server farm, or a Windows PC set up and maintained by your company’s IT team. Figure 2 shows me using an iPad to connect to a Windows Server 2016 DataCenter PC in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Parallels RAS on a large iPad-Pro
Figure 2_ Parallels RAS on a large iPad-Pro

Several other people also have access to this server. Parallels RAS does not provide for remote access to Macs or Linux PCs.

Read more about Parallels RAS and see videos of its use in my earlier blog post.

Feel free to download a free trial of Parallels Access or Parallels RAS to see how you achieve the effect of running Windows applications on your iPad. Please let us know in the comments how this works for you.

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Customer Request: You Should Make Parallels Desktop for Windows!

Customer Request: You Should Make Parallels Desktop for Windows!

“You should make a Parallels Desktop for Windows.”

I have received
this suggestion many, many times.

The short answer is, “I have done that. Several times.”

The long answer is I have been involved with three different efforts to create a virtualization product for Windows desktops: Connectix Virtual PC for Windows, Microsoft Virtual PC (also known as Windows Virtual PC), and Parallels Workstation for Windows (also known as Parallels Workstation Extreme). See Figure 1.

desktop virtualization apps for Windows
Figure 1_Some desktop virtualization apps for Windows

All of these
products worked well and did exactly what you would expect a desktop
virtualization app to do: run another operating system (OS) in a window on your
computer. They all had the integration features you would expect: drag and drop
from one OS to another, run applications in the virtualized OS, use the network
connection of your computer to give the virtualized OS a network connection, and
more.

And these products all had their fans. One particular example is rather interesting. I gave a demo of Connectix Virtual PC for Windows to Henry Norr, then a technology columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. At the beginning of the meeting, Norr said, “I only took this meeting because of your reputation, but I have to tell you that the idea of a Virtual PC for Windows is one of the silliest ideas I have ever heard. Who would want such a product?”

I gave Henry a demo of the basics of Connectix Virtual PC for Windows, and everything worked well—but he was not at all impressed. Then I gave a demo of the Undo Drives feature. (See sidebar on Undo Drives, a feature that is in today’s Parallels Desktop® for Mac, as well as the three products mentioned at the beginning of this blog post.)

Sidebar: Undo Drives

Undo Drives is an advanced feature of most desktop virtualization products. Turn on Undo Drives, and then do anything you want in the system. Install applications, add files, get a virus by visiting a dodgy website, delete a file, uninstall an application, change any system preferences you want—even over several days of use. Then push the “Undo” button, and it’s as if none of these things ever happened. The Undo Drives tool is even more powerful than Windows Restore Points because restore points can fail. Undo Drives never fail.

Henry
immediately saw how Undo Drives would be a great feature for any technology
columnist. “I always worry when I install a beta of something on my system, and
a few times that beta software has really messed up my system. Undo Drives
would take that worry away completely.” Henry installed and used Connectix
Virtual PC for Windows and wrote a very favorable review of the product.

However, these
fans did not translate into significant sales for Connectix Virtual PC for
Windows, Microsoft Virtual PC, and Parallels Workstation for Windows. Eventually,
these products were all cancelled.

“But with a Parallels Desktop for Windows, I could run
macOS on my PC!”

Well, no, you
couldn’t—at least not legally. The macOS® end user
license agreement does not allow macOS to be run on non-Apple®
hardware. If my many years in the software industry have taught me anything, it’s
that you never want the Apple lawyers mad at you. (Or the Microsoft lawyers
either, but that’s another story.)

“Maybe a virtualization app for Windows makes sense,
but you messed up each time. Maybe you are a software jinx.”

OK, I left
myself open on that one.

Try Parallels Desktop for free for 14 days!

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You Should Make Parallels Desktop for Windows!

You Should Make Parallels Desktop for Windows!

“You should make a Parallels Desktop for Windows.”

I have received
this suggestion many, many times.

The short answer is, “I have done that. Several times.”

The long answer is I have been involved with three different efforts to create a virtualization product for Windows desktops: Connectix Virtual PC for Windows, Microsoft Virtual PC (also known as Windows Virtual PC), and Parallels Workstation for Windows (also known as Parallels Workstation Extreme). See Figure 1.

desktop virtualization apps for Windows
Figure 1_Some desktop virtualization apps for Windows

All of these
products worked well and did exactly what you would expect a desktop
virtualization app to do: run another operating system (OS) in a window on your
computer. They all had the integration features you would expect: drag and drop
from one OS to another, run applications in the virtualized OS, use the network
connection of your computer to give the virtualized OS a network connection, and
more.

And these products all had their fans. One particular example is rather interesting. I gave a demo of Connectix Virtual PC for Windows to Henry Norr, then a technology columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. At the beginning of the meeting, Norr said, “I only took this meeting because of your reputation, but I have to tell you that the idea of a Virtual PC for Windows is one of the silliest ideas I have ever heard. Who would want such a product?”

I gave Henry a demo of the basics of Connectix Virtual PC for Windows, and everything worked well—but he was not at all impressed. Then I gave a demo of the Undo Drives feature. (See sidebar on Undo Drives, a feature that is in today’s Parallels Desktop® for Mac, as well as the three products mentioned at the beginning of this blog post.)

Sidebar: Undo Drives

Undo Drives is an advanced feature of most desktop virtualization products. Turn on Undo Drives, and then do anything you want in the system. Install applications, add files, get a virus by visiting a dodgy website, delete a file, uninstall an application, change any system preferences you want—even over several days of use. Then push the “Undo” button, and it’s as if none of these things ever happened. The Undo Drives tool is even more powerful than Windows Restore Points because restore points can fail. Undo Drives never fail.

Henry
immediately saw how Undo Drives would be a great feature for any technology
columnist. “I always worry when I install a beta of something on my system, and
a few times that beta software has really messed up my system. Undo Drives
would take that worry away completely.” Henry installed and used Connectix
Virtual PC for Windows and wrote a very favorable review of the product.

However, these
fans did not translate into significant sales for Connectix Virtual PC for
Windows, Microsoft Virtual PC, and Parallels Workstation for Windows. Eventually,
these products were all cancelled.

“But with a Parallels Desktop for Windows, I could run
macOS on my PC!”

Well, no, you
couldn’t—at least not legally. The macOS® end user
license agreement does not allow macOS to be run on non-Apple®
hardware. If my many years in the software industry have taught me anything, it’s
that you never want the Apple lawyers mad at you. (Or the Microsoft lawyers
either, but that’s another story.)

“Maybe a virtualization app for Windows makes sense,
but you messed up each time. Maybe you are a software jinx.”

OK, I left
myself open on that one.

Try Parallels Desktop for free for 14 days!

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Parallels Innovations Continue as Part of the Corel Family

Parallels Innovations Continue as Part of the Corel Family


From our humble beginnings as a small startup, we envisioned and created solutions for virtualized computing. Our constant focus on innovating better customer experiences generated dozens of industry firsts, which were introduced with every new product release over the years. Today, the Parallels family of software solutions make it simpler than ever to securely run the applications you need on any device—anytime, anywhere.

This unrivaled leadership in innovation began in 2006 with the introduction of mainstream virtualization on Mac® computers; we utilized the Apple®-Intel architecture to create Parallels Desktop® for Mac.

Parallels Desktop 2.5

Figure 1: First ever released version of Parallels Desktop for Mac

 

This innovation has continued thanks to all our employees, partners, and customers who make Parallels the success it is today!

Now, Parallels continues to operate independently as part of the Corel family of software brands—so it’s business as usual for our team, partners, and customers. Corel’s plans for significant investments in Parallels will enable us to accelerate our work at innovating software solutions that benefit businesses and consumers worldwide. Although I can’t share details yet, we look forward to delivering brand-new Parallels software in 2019, as well as further enhancing the features and performance of our family of quality software solutions.

As we integrate our businesses, our #1 priority is continuing to deliver the best-quality products and services for our customers. With Parallels being an independent business unit of Corel, this is an easy, business-as-usual transition. We’re learning each other’s best practices, sharing technologies, and leveraging our strengths to accelerate profitable growth that benefits our customers.

Parallels Partner Conference

Figure 2: Corel and Parallels employees at the Parallels Partner Conference in Malta in March 2019

 

We would like to say thank you to our entire community for being part of the Parallels evolution and we look forward to continuing our innovations as part of the Corel family.

Check out the latest and greatest Parallels solutions for business and home. Download free trials and experience how easy it can be to save time and be more productive from any device.

Best,

Nick

Co-founder and Vice President of Parallels

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