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Parallels 9 and Fusion 6 run neck and neck in virtualization contest

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Price when rated: $80

Pros

  • Easy installation of a complex app
  • Speedy start/pause/resume/shut down of virtual machines
  • Copy/paste graphics to/from OS X virtual machines
  • Windows DirectX 10 allows newer games to run
  • FireWire and Thunderbolt devices can be attached to virtual machines

Cons

  • Trial version requires registration
  • Inconsistent behavior with Windows 8.1 Start apps in Coherence mode
  • Default set ups share more data than users may like between Windows and Mac
  • Not really a major upgrade for existing users
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Price when rated: $60

Pros

  • Easy trial download and use before buying
  • Easy installation of a complex app
  • Speedy start/pause/resume/shut down of virtual machines
  • Drag/drop files to/from OS X virtual machines
  • Use Mavericks' Dictation feature in Windows virtual machines

Cons

  • User must find their own virtual machines; no in-app links to download and install
  • Inconsistent behavior with Windows 8.1 "Start" apps in Unity mode
  • Windows DirectX support limited to 9.0c; many newer games won't run
  • Not really a major upgrade for existing users
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