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We performed a comparison between Parallels Desktop and VMware Player based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"Parallels Desktop integrates seamlessly with macOS. It works better than VMware on Apple operating systems."

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"It's really easy to build testing environments with VMware Player.""VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously."

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Cons
"The biggest challenge is compatibility between VMware and Parallels because the two systems are incompatible. It can be challenging if you are switching between Windows and Mac. I recommend sticking with one product because there isn't good compatibility between the different products."

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"VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround.""The tool has limited scalability."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:Parallels Desktop integrates seamlessly with macOS. It works better than VMware on Apple operating systems.
Top Answer:Parallels Desktop is too expensive. It's a little more expensive than VMware.
Top Answer:The biggest challenge is compatibility between VMware and Parallels because the two systems are incompatible. It can be challenging if you are switching between Windows and Mac. I recommend sticking… more »
Top Answer:VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously.
Top Answer:VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround. It would be an improvement if there were some kind of mixture between the… more »
Top Answer:I mainly use VMware Player to test things in my home lab.
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8.0
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Overview
Parallels Desktop Business Edition brings Windows and Windows applications to employees on Mac and enables integration of Mac computers into any work environment from education to financial services, technology, consulting, or medical. Optimized for Windows 10 and 7, macOS High Sierra, and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It can help employees to run business-critical applications without compromise: Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, Quicken and QuickBooks for Windows, Access, Project, Autodesk Revit and Inventor, CorelDRAW, ArcGIS, Visio, QuickBooks, Internet Explorer and Adobe Photoshop. Parallels Desktop restricts External Device Access that enforces policies on the use of USB devices, smart cards, and any other external devices plugged into a Mac, for use in Windows. It creates an Expiring Virtual Machines, time-bound and encrypted, that will automatically expire and lock at a defined time to ensure additional security when corporate data is shared externally. Also, Parallels Desktop Business Edition can be deployed through standard software deployment tools. Mass deployment is supported with Jamf Pro, Apple Remote Desktop, IBM Endpoint Manager, Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM, and other solutions.

VMware Player, or VMware Player Plus, is described by VMware as the easiest way to run a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs in a commercial environment. If you want to deliver a managed desktop to your employees, customers, students, contractors, or partners, then this virtual desktop solution is the way to go.

VMware Player provides the most advanced virtualization platform available, which is capable of supporting even extremely demanding applications. Even though the platform is so advanced, the user interface is simple and easy-to-use.

There is seamless integration with Windows XP and Windows XP applications even if the machine itself is a Windows 7 PC, a Windows 8 PC, or even Linux-based. It also gives your IT person the capability of restricting the virtual machines by requiring runtime passwords, adding an expiration date, blocking USB devices, or encrypting the machines. By using VMware vCenter Converter, VMware Player can even convert old machines into virtual machines without you needing to re-configure or re-install any applications.

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Sample Customers
Lytro, University of Washington, Slalom, Veeva Systems, Oklahoma Christian University
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Top Industries
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Computer Software Company19%
Comms Service Provider16%
Educational Organization9%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Comms Service Provider22%
Computer Software Company19%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government5%
Company Size
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise57%
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Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise62%
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Parallels Desktop is ranked 12th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 1 review while VMware Player is ranked 10th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews. Parallels Desktop is rated 7.0, while VMware Player is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Parallels Desktop writes "It integrates seamlessly with macOS, but it's not compatible with VMware ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Player writes "Simple to set up, user-friendly, and makes building test environments easy". Parallels Desktop is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, NComputing vSpace, NVIDIA GRID and Oracle VDI, whereas VMware Player is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon, VMware Horizon View and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services.

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