Parallels Desktop for Mac vs. VMware Fusion

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I used to use Parallels every day for work but haven't had that need for about a year and a half, so can't comment on the current versions. A good friend uses his MacBook Pro and uses a software to be able to run Windows XP....for work and I will speak to him forthwith and get back to you!
 

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:eek: and the same to you Boris on this fine March evening :rofl:


BB+ - many thanks for your very kind and considerate answer - it is good to see that civility still reigns in Americas great "Capital" - (I know it's DC - but that wouldn't fit) .........
 

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My friend uses VMware Fusion and the only negative he has is that on his MacBook Pro on SnowLeopard (it was fine on Leopard) takes a bit long to get going when he first starts it up in the morning, after that it's fine.

If you have more questions, let me know and I can put you in touch with him directly.
 

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I've been using Fusion for a couple of years now. Everything perfect up to version 2, now with version 3 most of the times I'm having beachballs spinning when going back and forth between the virtual machine window and Mac OS. It doesn't seem to be a widespread problem though, so I guess it's just an unfortunate combination of factors on my iMac.
 

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sinophilia - thanks - "beach balls" - you are putting me off Fusion

my son always does this when I decide on something - he researches stuff then throws in the odd doubting email

Presumably one not to use is "Boot camp"

I can see me using PC apps on the imac as an everyday occurrence - so a good virtual machine is important to me
 

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I run this both at work and at home. Have to admit that Windows (just using XP Prof...) doesn’t get too much screen time, but Fusion has been running flawlessly since I installed it. 10.6.x on both machines (Mac Pro at work, iMac (wife’s) at home.) I love the way that it puts the virtual machine to rest and then when I re-open it there it is just like I left it—no re-boots, etc. Also the drag and drop between the two systems! Can’t really comment on Parallel, as I had a copy of v1, and haven’t tried any of the newer updates.

I’m pretty certain that you can run free trials of each, so why not take each for a spin, or at least the one that you are most tempted by, and see if you run into problems with your configuration.
 

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Bill... Virtualbox is free.... As fast as parallels... I only need winblows for Visio, and it works great.
 

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Boris - when did you get the 50mm 1.1 - I've not seen any shots with it - have I?

Isn't Virtualbox difficult to understand by gorks
 

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great deal on Parallel

Even though I wrote earlier about preferring Fusion, Parallel is part of the spring MacUpdate bundle—so for $50 you get Parallel and several other apps—the only other one I know much about is SpellCatcher, which I recently upgraded to run with 10.6..., by far my favorite spell checker.

Here's the link:

http://www.mupromo.com/?ref=4506
 

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Parallels = Panasonic
Fusion = Olympus

I personally use Fusion, Parallels is technically more advanced, but fusion works for me, i have tried various versions of windows and XP seems the slickest followed by 7, avoid vista at all cost!
 

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I just switched to Parallels 5 as it was included in a Mac Update bundle... well I must say I like it a lot and it's much more streamlined and agile than Fusion 3. Even Windows XP looks faster... ;)
 

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I did this too. I have both but latest parallels is better than fusion.

Even though I wrote earlier about preferring Fusion, Parallel is part of the spring MacUpdate bundle—so for $50 you get Parallel and several other apps—the only other one I know much about is SpellCatcher, which I recently upgraded to run with 10.6..., by far my favorite spell checker.

Here's the link:

http://www.mupromo.com/?ref=4506
 
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