The release of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac, the latest version of the virtual-machine software that allows users to run Windows apps on a Mac computer (among other things) was accompanied by howls of discontent from several people on Parallels’ user forum. The complaints centered on the automatic and silent install of Access trial software. Access allows Windows and Mac apps to be run from an iPad fondleslab.
Complaints arose because the software was installed to users’ system without their consent, using a saved admin password that punters were not asked to re-enter. Worse yet, the desktop client launched Access without informed consent, signing into an external server in the process: a range of behaviours that allowed the more vociferous critics to compare the technology to a trojan.
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