Parallels Desktop And VMware Fusion Unleash Updates…. Users Win

The Macintosh virtual machine market is heating up as the two leading contenders, Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion release updates of their products. First VMware Fusion has added a number of improvements in version 3.0.1. You can see the entire list here. All of them are meant to increase speed. A Vista VM that I tested went from 2.9 to 4.4 simply by doing that update. A significant increase. Parallels Desktop 5 hasn’t rested on their laurels having kicked up an update to their product. You can see the list of changes here. I use the latter product and my Windows experience score in my Vista VM has gone up from 2.9 to 4.2. That’s not a minor performance difference either. But oddly, my Windows 7 score dropped from 4.2 to 3.9 because my gaming performance dropped to 3.9 (Your Windows Vista or Windows 7 score is based on your lowest score). What’s up with that?

In any case, the battle continues. The winners will users of these products. That’s a good thing.

2 Responses to “Parallels Desktop And VMware Fusion Unleash Updates…. Users Win”

  1. How about VirtualBox? There is a Mac version as well and the non-open source edition supports USB. It is still free as in beer, just not free as in speech.

    • Doesn’t work for me as it doesn’t work with the MobiKEY. You can pull up the UI, but it acts like it can’t read the smart card. Therefore I’ll pass.

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