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Parallels Access vs. Splashtop: Microsoft Word Slapdown

December 17, 2014

In the world of remote access applications, Parallels Access and Splashtop are clearly industry leaders. Parallels Access is particularly useful for Mac users who also need to also run native Windows programs without restarting their computer, while Splashtop is more of a one size fits all solution. The following are a few things to consider when choosing between these two great products.

Access and edit a Word document using Parallels Access and Splashtop on a smartphone or tablet

Adding access to Word documents is incredibly easy with Parallels Access. All you need to do is open the Parallels app on your device, click the menu button on the top-right, and add Word to your Parallels applications. From there, you can open and edit any of the Word documents you have on your computer remotely.

For Splashtop, the app simply displays the computer screen itself.

Parallels Access vs Splashtop for iPad remote access running Word

Which devices are Parallels Access and Splashtop compatible with?

Splashtop is compatible on both Mac and Windows computers, as well as on all major mobile operating systems, including: iOS for Apple, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry.

Parallels Access can remotely access both PC and Mac computers from an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

Splashtop for Nexus 7 remote access to Windows 8 using Word

Comparing ease of use for common functions

Both Splashtop and Parallels Access are easy to use for remotely accessing, viewing, and editing software. Splashtop provide users with direct access to their device, which is certainly useful. However, it can sometimes be a bit difficult to navigate a desktop operating system on a device that has a significantly smaller screen. In addition, the lack of a mouse and physical keyboard can add to the clumsiness of a remote viewing app.

Parallels Access for Nexus 7 remote access to Windows 8 using Word

One of the most significant ways that Parallels Access overcomes this potential problem is through their “appification” feature. Instead of needing to navigate through a desktop operating system, Parallels Access allows users to select which pieces of software (such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) they need to access, and provides easy-to-navigate app buttons on the mobile device. Once the app is selected, it opens up (along with all of the relevant documents for that piece of software available to access) in a full screen mode that mimics a traditional desktop viewing experience. However, Parallels Access allows users to select more streamlined window, which is optimized for mobile devices.

Editing documents and selecting small icons in an application like Word is also easy, thanks to Parallel Access’ “magnification” feature, which magnifies the part of the app where the user holds his or her finger. This allows for precision when selecting something like font color or other formatting options.

Ultimately, both Splashtop and Parallels Access provide easy ways to access desktops remotely. However, Parallels Access is designed to optimize the remote viewing experience on mobile devices.