Vmware Fusion vs Parallels w/ Virtual Desktop

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  1. Radskull macrumors newbie

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    I'm just about to get my new macbook (assuming fedex doesnt take forever getting it out of China) and i do plan on installing windows as i'm going to need certain applications. I'm not going to use boot camp because i dont want to have to reboot everytime i need something from the other OS.

    I've looked into the different options and found that VMware fusion and Parallels w/Virtual Desktop seem to be the most common options.

    Does anybody have any pros and cons to both of these softwares or maybe even other suggestions????
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    They're both the same product type and are direct competitors. I've used both, and now prefer VMWare Fusion, which seems to be the general consensus here. VMWare has been doing this a long time, and has the experience already in-house to put out a polished offering. Version 2 (still in beta) is a large improvement over a solid 1.x current release. Parallels, feature for feature, is pretty much the same thing, but from a company that is introducing this type of product for the first time.

    Both have free trials, and I think you'll find little truly separating them, other than your personal gut reaction.

    Remember, too, that both Fusion & Parallels can use a Boot Camp partition for the virtual machine, so you have a VM when you just need a quick Windows session, or you can boot completely into it when you want to do some serious thrashing, and need all the horsepower you can get.
     
  3. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    here's the first thread i found after searching
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=474576
    you should search the forum
    there are several threads about this

    i use parallels and like it
    but i can't compare it to anything
    it's all i've ever used
     
  4. Radskull thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry i know i posted this in the wrong section. i've re-posted it in the appropriate place.
     
  5. JNB macrumors 604

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    Please don't post the same thing in multiple sub-forums. Simply report your original post and ask that a mod just move it.
     

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  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have the VMWare Fusion. It's pretty much the same feature-wise with the Parallels offering with one big difference--you can move your virtual computers from Fusion to another computer running VMWare whether it's a Windows, Linux, or Mac.

    You can't do that with Parallels.
     
  7. mavherzog macrumors 6502

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    I've moved Parallels VM's from Mac to the Linux version of Parallels without issue. Are you saying there is a limitation with the Windows-version of Parallels Workstation that makes it incompatible with VM's that work fine with Mac and Linux?
     

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