And customers have weighed the pros and cons of VMware Fusion and its competitor Parallels Desktop. The thought of many users could be summarized as in this TekRevue article:
When it comes to features and performance, the two products have traded blows for several generations, but Parallels has often held the performance lead, especially when it comes to 3D graphics support, while Fusion has frequently been more stable, provided better battery life, and offered multi-platform VM compatibility with VMware’s Windows and Linux software.
However, the latest release of VMware Fusion changes this status quo. TekRevue conducted an extensive comparison of the latest versions of both products, and concluded:
If you look at our Parallels vs. Fusion benchmark results simply by the numbers, then Fusion 8 is the clear winner, taking 11 out of 18 tests and pushing on three more. ... Some users are looking for a virtualization app to play Windows-only games, or crunch data in a Windows-only CPU-intensive app. Those folks should probably go with Fusion 8 this year.
That is right, folks! VMware Fusion now gives you the best of both worlds, twice:
- Mac and Windows
- Stability and Performance