Parallels 11 vs Fusion 8 Pro

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  1. mattbh macrumors newbie

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    Good evening, I need to install Windows 7 or 10 on a MacBook Pro 15 i7 16GBRAM . So I can do it using bootcamp or virtual machine(Parallels 11 or Fusion 8 Pro)?
    Someone could tell me which one is the best ? I need to run some videos, install adobe bundles and also Ms office. I´m really appreciate for any help.
    Thanks
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Both have the merits and downsides. Both also offer trial versions, and so I recommend you try both out, and see which one fits your needs.

    Also don't forget to consider VirtualBox which is free.
     
  3. IowaLynn macrumors 6502a

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    Parallels and VMware allow for using a physical Bootcamp install to b e used in a VM - dual boot for native OS as well as VM for when you do not need full 100% hardware resource demands.
     
  4. Val-kyrie macrumors 65816

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    I was debating this same issue. I preferred Fusion in the past, but I read that VMWare laid off their entire Workstation and Fusion teams in January 2016 and that those products are likely to be EOL'd when support ends in Feb 2017.

    Does anyone have any other info?
     
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    Holy crap! :eek: Seriously? There are a TON of businesses that are using VMware Workstation. If they ditched the Workstation product: That would tend to suck...
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I think the general consensus is that Vmware is moving (or already moved) their development staff off shore, i.e., cheap labor. Personally that sort of move means they lost me as a customer.
     
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    This was posted by Michael Roy on the VMware communities forum on March 23, 2016 in response to the many questions people have on the future of Fusion. Michael Roy is the Product Line Marketing Manager for Fusion, Fusion Pro, Workstation Pro and Workstation Player at VMware. He guides product roadmap and messaging, produces and presents technical collateral, and works across teams to refine product integration strategy.
    So I am personally hopeful for the future of Fusion and Workstation and that VMware will continue to support it.
     
  8. sigmadog macrumors 6502a

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    Just ran across this thread today and was glad to find your link to the TekReview article. I've been wondering about the performance of my VM using Parallels and whether it measured up to a Boot Camp partition. It appears to do very well, which is good news to me.
     
  9. Val-kyrie macrumors 65816

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    Thank you for the post. Your post was very informative. Any word on Fusion 9?

    I need to purchase an updated emulation program for El Cap and I am having a lot of trouble deciding between Fusion and Parallels. They offer similar performance. I would like to trust VMWare but I have been burned by other companies in the past and I don't like the subscription model Parallels is pushing because once the subscription ends, so does access to that software. (Some companies offer subscriptions but allow the user to retain access to the last version of the software.)

    Thoughts?

     
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    VMware doesn't announce new software ahead of time usually, quite like Apple doesn't either. So, no there hasn't been any word on a version 9 yet. You can always check their Fusion blog here for updates: http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/ I keep it in my RSS feed and follow them on Twitter.

    If you need a solution now, I'd go ahead and get Fusion 8. If I recall correctly, when they release a new version, people who bought the old version within a month or so of the new release get a free upgrade.
     

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