Parallels Vs. Fusion 2

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by nic01scgt, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. nic01scgt macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2008
    I know this question is played out to death but I have a specific question about the two programs. I have some classes coming up this semester where I need to use MS Office (specifically Excel and Word) and I have heard bad things about MS Office 2008 for Mac. I'm going to be learning specific things in Excel for Windows so I'd like the software on my computer to be identical for practicing at home. I'm only going to be using Windows for Excel and Word so I was wondering which program would be better for me.

    Also, my Mac only has 1 GB of ram and 56GB of HD space left. Will this be a problem running either of these 2 programs? If so can anyone link to me RAM that will work in an Intel powered Mac?

  2. nic01scgt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2008
  3. Synaesthesia242 macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    I prefer VMWare Fusion. 1gb works barely - you want at least 2gb RAM. What Mac do you have?

    There is a free option in Sun's Virtualbox - give that a shot first.
  4. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    Your disk space isn't a problem, but 1G of RAM will really slow them down since you have to devote some RAM to the Mac OS and some to the virtual OS....most likely 512M each....assuming you run WinXP or Win7, 512M is pretty much a bare minimum requirement (forget about Vista - it'll run, but not well).
  5. EmperorDarius macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2009
    Parallels is much better than VMware, but anyway, I think you'd be better off with Crossover:
  6. Detektiv-Pinky macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    Try Virtualbox, install Windows XP and set the RAM used by windows to 256MB, if you are only running XP and Office, 5-10GB HDD should be sufficient. This should be workable on your current machine...
  7. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    If you're only going to run Word and Excel, try Crossover. You won't have to buy a copy of Windows.

    (BTW - Office 2008 is fine, I don't know why so many people slam it)
  8. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    OK, my 2¢ since others are weighing in

    Crossover will probably be fine for your needs and doesn't require Windows

    I use VMware Fusion and have no issues
    Both Parallels and Fusion have their fans, and I can't say one is clearly better

    I prefer Office 2004 over 2008 on the Mac
    But I would use 2003 or 2007 for Windows over either in college for compatibility, etc

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  9. nic01scgt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2008
    Crossover sounds like a great idea, however, Excel only got rated a bronze metal in regards to compatability so I'm not sure it will run effectively for me. Thanks for the suggestions though.

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