VMWare vs Parallels. - What draws you to VMWare?
Parallels lost me as a customer last year when they were charging full price to existing customers to upgrade to the latest version (I don't mind paying for the latest and greatest, but I feel they should have given a discount to those already using their product). This wouldn't have been such a big deal, but version 7 was buggy in Mountain Lion - so you were pretty much forced to upgrade Parallels, or downgrade OS X. Anyway, VMWare was offering a discount on their software to existing Parallels customers, and it was cheaper than what I would have paid to upgrade Parallels, so I made the switch.
TL;DR: mostly a grudge I have with Parallels.
They're essentially the same and have most of the same features - both great software. That's why I suggested to download the trial versions and play around to see which you like more.
I use VMWare Workstation on Windows and VirtualBox on Mac.
VMWare has some really good features but never tried it on the Mac (does it exist?).
What's so bad about virtualbox? It's free & cross platform
I was asking because often times I find that other users may have some unconsidered or specific knowledge about advantages or disadvantages. I just want the most responsive available with easy to use feature set
I already have VMWare but haven't installed it. I'll probably use tat unless you tell me Parallels is faster or has a fuller feature set.
Actually that helped a lot. I'll be installing VMWare tomorrow.