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Parallels Desktop for Mac

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Better than Fusion in ways that are the most important."

    December 3, 2011  |   By jatibi

    Version: Parallels Desktop 7.0.14924

    Pros

    Interface and set-up are very straight forward. If you have Fusion you can migrate the VM from Fusion to Parallels to try it out (as I did) I started with Fusion and after 2 major versions of Fusion I didn't realize how much it slowed down my machine. Parallels is able to shut down my VM and my laptop without specifically closing out of the app. Fusion couldn't do that. Also I upgraded XP 32 but to V7 64 bit on Parallels, again something Fusion couldn't do. Integration between the VM is very smooth. Able to launch Win or Mac programs from within either interface or "lock down" the integration. Gives you a Safe Mode to try a trial install of Win software and be able to toss the changes if the software isn't what you thought it would be. Makes it easy to install a trial software and try it

    Cons

    Doesn't have as many OS options as Fusion (not that I used them) Also there is a number of ad-ware popups that occasionally launch promoting their own "store". These are rare and once dismissed don't show themselves again.

    Summary

    Personally, I prefer Parallels over Fusion. Fusion seemed more "clunky" than Parallels. But, I have a roommate who prefers Fusion. Do a trial of one and migrate the VM to the other during that trial. See which one you prefer.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "VMware fusion has up the ante."

    November 19, 2011  |   By The Gizzle

    Version: Parallels Desktop 7.0.14924

    Pros

    Fast, stable, easy to use, good feature set. The same can be said of VMware fusion.

    Cons

    Cannot run client versions of Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion. This you can do in VMware fusion.

    Summary

    It's already time for parallels to update this software, to put it on par with be VMware fusion.

    As of now, with the ability to run client versions of Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion in VMware fusion beats parallels.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Version 7 is very good Support is lame"

    October 16, 2011  |   By berglouiTecra

    Version: Parallels Desktop 7.0.14924

    Pros

    Last version worked the first time upgrading from version 6. I have been using the product for a few years now and this version seems faster. My machine is three years old so speed is important. I am still on XP Pro and Office 2007. Upgrade price is good. Buying and downloading worked perfectly.

    Cons

    Support is lame. They guys supporting the product are located in India or Pakistan and they do not **** about the Mac. I discovered that in the Parallels folder which is located in the Documents folder, I had stuff dating 2008. I wonder what that was. I asked them about that and I received the stupidest answer you can think of, showing they did not knew anything. If I had followed advices like removing version 6 totally using the Terminal I would have messed the product. I finally did some testing on a backup HD to discover that I had like 100 GB of useless stuff from previous installations including some snapshots. I deleted those snapshots which were too old and most of all data from previous versions. All is perfect now.

    Summary

    A very useful product, well designed, at a competitive price, easy to master. Perhaps there are too much options for a beginner. You must RTFM if you want to appreciate the product. Installing XP was like I was on a real PC. I had a genuine XP pro OEM since I bought it with the Imac.

    Updated on Oct 18, 2011

    I will add to my review that after more days working with it, I am still very pleased most of all by the speed and also, by the ease of use. I did not have any crash or bad experience. I installed a program with a weird installation process and it worked. Communication with the Mac from inside Parallels works very well.
    About the persons supporting the product, they seem to be nice guys, but totally lost. Funny because with Norton Internet Security on my PC, I dealt with persons located in those countries and I was very impressed. They solved my problem by taking control of my machine or telling me exactly what to do. Perhaps, they should change the companies giving the support or think about buying them some Mac, so they learn the basics.

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