Parallels 4 Released Today: How Does It Compare to Fusion?

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From The Apple Blog:

Virtualization software has come a long way since the days of Virtual PC on PPC Macs. Microsoft’s Windows-enabling program was more of a parlor trick than fully functional software. These days, Parallels Desktop version 4.0, available today for purchase, makes running a virtual machine more of a pleasure and less of a chore.

Earlier this fall, VMWare Fusion, the primary competitor of Parallels, released version 2.0 of their software. VMWare’s updated product added DirectX 9.0c and Mac OS X Leopard Server support, features which gave it a significant edge over the 3.0 release of Parallels. Parallels Desktop 4.0 evens the field, introducing both DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.1 support, and the ability to run OS X Leopard Server.

Read about the rest of Parallel 4’s new features, as well as a head-to-head comparison of the new Parallels vs. Fusion 2.

Personally, I’ve been happy with VMWare Fusion 2…is it worth taking a look at Parallels 4?

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I’d love to see a 3 way comparison… Virtualbox is quite nice too, and free. My immediate question is thus why pay $80 for Fusion or Parallels?

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