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MacWorld Offers its VMware Fusion Review

MacWorld writes:

Back in June 2005, Apple announced that it would switch from a PowerPC based architecture to Intel chips. The first question everybody asked was: “will the new Macs run Windows?”

Apple’s Boot Camp was the first official response to users clamouring for multiple OS support. Allowing you to easily create a dual boot system, the free software guides you through the process of repartitioning your Mac and installing Windows XP or Vista alongside OS X. Dual booting is great up to a point, effectively turning one computer into two. Problem is, you can’t run them at the same time.

VMWare Fusion takes a different route. It allows you to run Windows from within OS X. Like rival product Parallels Desktop 3.0, Fusion emulates PC architecture in software, enabling you to load any compatible operating system as though it were another Mac application. Early beta versions of VMWare Fusion were compared unfavourably to competitors – but this final release impresses on many levels.

  • Pros: Run Windows apps on your Mac desktop, drag and drop between operating systems, 64 bit support
  • Cons: No resize of virtual hard drives, can’t access files in virtual machines unless running
  • MacWorld 5 Star Rating
  • One interesting comment in this review stated, "More impressively, files can be dragged direct from guest to host – a feature conspicuously missing from Parallels Desktop."

    Correct me if I am wrong or reading this the wrong way, but doesn't Parallels offer this exact same feature in its Desktop for Mac product?  I know MacWorld has written about this Parallels feature before, so perhaps I am reading into this incorrectly.  What do you think?  Please let me know.

    Read the entire review, here.

    Published Sunday, December 02, 2007 11:54 AM by David Marshall
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    endeavor - December 2, 2007 9:54 PM

    Yeah David you're right; the article is wrong.  Parallels supports drag-n-drop of files between OS X and Windows. VMware supports this feature with popular  Linux distributions too.  Advantage still VMware.

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