Continuing a Long Tradition of Switchers

Over the years, our Parallels Desktop users come from diverse backgrounds and shared some pretty incredible stories. From the Chief of Media Relations for the U.S. Coast Guard to the top tech enthusiasts around. With a huge portion of new users coming to Parallels after trying another solution, we’ve also received a lot of perspective. Below are just a few of the many testimonials from users switching to Parallels!

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

For me, Start-up/Shut-down and overall resource usage on the host Mac device are key factors. The figures really speak for themselves – when I require access to a Windows app I need my VM to fire up quickly and get to my destination without much delay. Parallels started up in a mere 11 seconds compared to, the almost three times slower, 31 seconds with Fusion. Native Mac resources are also key to a responsive system. It might be great having a super fast VM, but not at the expense of the host. Parallels Desktop was shown to consume far less disk space along with better host memory management, without noticeable degradation to the VM... I can confidently proclaim that Parallels is my app of choice.  A few wise words from my blog in conclusion: 'for those already on Fusion... we should always be prepared to review alternatives periodically'. Lastly, for those 'switchers,' it’s so easy, it’s child's play. Parallels will convert your Fusion VM in the click of a button." - David Jamieson, IT and Personal Computing Expert



If you are a traveler, Parallels Desktop has new power management features that stretch your battery life. On the MacBook Pro, we saw about 25% more battery time on an idling virtual machine (81 additional minutes of use) than we did on VMware Fusion in the same test. MacTech Virtualization Benchmarks


In my tests, this latest Parallels edition ran Windows quickly and smoothly, and integrated well with some of Lion’s new features, even though my test Mac isn’t the fastest Apple laptop available today... For instance, while I’m writing this in a Mac program on the Air, I’m simultaneously running the Windows-only Internet Explorer Web browser, and a couple of other Windows programs, with no discernible slowdown in any of them. I can easily recommend Parallels 7 to Mac users who need to use Windows programs some of the time. - Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal

Parallels Desktop 7, the latest version of Parallels Inc.’s Windows-in-a-Mac software, successfully navigated my little torture test with nary a hiccup. There’s no better solution for Mac users who want Windows compatibility. Rich Jaroslovsky, Bloomberg

It's been possible to run Microsoft Windows on Intel-based Macs for several years now, albeit with varying degrees of ease and performance. In my experience, the most convenient way is through third-party software called Parallels, which has just launched a fresh and improved version that seamlessly works with Apple's OS X Lion operating system. Edward C. Baig, USA Today


Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac

So I started using VMware Fusion on my Mac. Once Mac OS X Lion’s gold master was released, I started facing issues with my copy of Fusion. After experiencing unresolved issues following the official launch, I decided it was time to listen to my friends and finally give Parallels Desktop 6 a shot. To my surprise, Parallels Desktop was faster in just about every area – Windows launch time, file reading, file sharing, network connection, etc. Rogério Nascimento, SAP MM Consultant with over 20 years of IT development and analysis experience


Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac 

Although VMwareʼs tech support was very responsive, after a few days of troubleshooting and reconfiguring Windows 7, they were unable to resolve the performance issues. And when Fusion 3.1 was released, I still had issues with the performance, when running Windows 7. Thatʼs when I decided to take advantage of Parallelsʼ special offer for VMware Fusion Customers and give Parallels for Desktop Mac 5 a try. And Iʼm glad I did! No need to buy more RAM, or worse, another PC. It just works. Tommy Oddo, Freelance Design Consultant