Every year, Parallels continues to impress me with its ability to add new features to the already feature rich Parallels Desktop for Mac product. Since the time I started my journey with using a Mac and therefore using (at the time) Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac for my Windows virtualisation needs, it was impressive even at the time. And every year without fail, Parallels Desktop just continue to keep getting better, not just from the perspective of having new features but also in improving its performance. And now, Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac has just released available first for existing customer upgrades and soon, for new customers.
With the recent release of both Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and VMware Fusion 5, it’s time again to compare the two popular virtualization solutions for Mac and see which suits you better and if an upgrade from the previous versions worth considering.
SSD is very expensive in terms of it’s real estate and you simply do not want to put just about any junk you have that’s not worth it’s space there. Therefore, you would want to make sure if it’s really worth plunking the tens of GBs worth of VM image onto your precious SSD storage. So, should you or should you not? Is there significant performance improvements that warrant the large chunk of the SSD dedicated to the VM image? Read on to find out!
If you are uncertain whether to go for Parallels Desktop 7 or VMWare Fusion 4, perhaps this article could help you. Here’s my A usability-based comparison of VMWare Fusion 4 vs Parallels Desktop 7. No useless benchmarks, no pointless feature-by-feature comparisons. Just purely based on my use of the two.