What are the best virtual machines for Mac?

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    #1Parallels Desktop

    Parallels Desktop
    Parallels Desktop for Mac is a virtualization solution to run your Windows on a Mac computer. Use Windows applications as they were native on your Mac.



    Sue Kong
    Written on August 27, 2018
    "been really wanting to test having a Windows PC for a while, but I am apprehensive of spending more than a grand on something that I might regret buying so I just bought this instead and found it extremely helpful. "
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    #2VMWare Fusion

    VMWare Fusion
    Easy virtualization application for home use enabling you to use Windows on your Mac. Run your favourite Windows apps together with Mac apps and merge two OS experiences.



    Michael Robinson
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "Yes, yes yes! I need this and use this and highly recommend it! Here is an application that removes headaches and makes it a lot easier to get what you want done on your Mac. The versatility of this tool is amazing, and I haven't wanted to scream at my computer once since I began using it! If you want to blend your Windows and Mac in ways that you always wished you could - here's how. Highly recommended! "
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    #3Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox
    Virtualbox is a features-rich VM application for Mac and Windows by Oracle. Apt for business and home use, Virtualbox boasts an open-source infrastructure. It is cross-platform so it can work on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Solaris machines.



    Grace Morrison
    Written on May 16, 2017
    "I have my own PC set-up company. We're still very small and currently, we only specialize in Windows applications but we need to expand to other operating systems if we are going to compete. After looking at different solutions we selected VirtualBox by Oracle. Soon we will be offering services on Linux!"


Virtual Machines are software that allows users to emulate a computer system, be it on hardware designed for the same software, or a physical computer that is designed for an entirely different operating system.


Did you know that the versions in Apple's macOS series of operating systems used to be named after the big members of the cat species? In 2001, Apple released the first desktop version of its operating system as Mac OS X 10.0, or Cheetah, after the large springy cat recognized as the fastest land animal in the world. Later that year Apple brought out the Puma, then launched the Jaguar version, named after the largest wild cat in the Americas, the following year. The Panther version was released in 2003 and was followed by the Tiger in 2005. The Leopard and the Snow Leopard versions were released in 2007 and 2009, and Apple decided to honor the King of the Jungle in 2010 and named the eight version of the macOS as the Lion.  

In 2013, Apple decided to rebrand and name the OS after landmarks in California, starting with version 10.9, Mavericks, named after the wavy surfer destination in Pillar Point California. The latest version of Apple's OS is named High Sierra, after the snow-capped mountain ranges in Central California. 

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    #4Boot Camp

    Boot Camp
    Boot Camp is a software included in all Macs allowing users to dual boot both OS X and Windows. Boot Camp doesn't emulate Windows on Mac but helps you set up a partition on the hard drive where installing Windows operating system.




    Douglas Hansen
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "The solution is perfect for what the topic is looking for. It comes directly from the manufacturer which means it's a pretty reliable solution."
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    Wine software lets you run Windows Operating System on any other OS as if you were using a Windows PC. Wine HQ is available for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Mageia and Mac OS.



    George Schneider
    Written on May 26, 2017
    "I am an avid gamer but am not a fan of the Windows Operating Systems. I have been running Ubuntu for the past 5 years and ran into so many problems being able to play my favorite games natively. A friend recommended WineHQ and it has worked like a charm. I can play any game I want and the process of getting it setup is a breeze."
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    A free virtual machine application for Mac, enabling you to run Windows and Linux OSs on your Mac.



    Adam Elliott
    Written on March 30, 2017
    "I want to be able to switch back and forth between Windows and Linux OS, and this is the best solution for a mac user. It's extremely responsive, and works like a charm every time. I can't tell my computer being bogged down at all. Works perfectly. "
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    QEMU is an open source machine emulator and virtualizer which allows you to run operating systems for any machine and on any supported architecture.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Terry Gomez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I was trying to find a good virtual machine to use on my mac and wasn't sure which one to try. After going through a few of them, I found QEMU. It is def the best one out of all that I've tried, and it's been a bunch of them. It works well, starts up quick, and handles pretty well. I would take this one over the rest that are available for mac. "
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    #8VMWare Workstation Pro

    VMWare Workstation Pro

    VMWare Workstation is a desktop virtual tool which lets you running multiple operating systems as virtual machines on a Linux or Windows PC. 




    Janet Simmons
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "Although this sounds like a very nice program, it is only available in some European countries and the UK, but not in the United States. Also, it is for Mac only, so if you're using a PC, I guess this definitely will not do anything for you, which is regretful, since it is highly useful to be able to switch from "computer" to "computer" when working in some environments. You can set up virtual workspaces yourself, of course, and it is not all that confusing to do so, but having a program do it for you means you would not have to sweat the details, because there is already software programmed to perform all the functions necessary."


Best What are the best virtual machines for Mac
1Parallels DesktopSoftware 12 Paid
2VMWare FusionSoftware 11 Paid
3Oracle VM VirtualBoxSoftware 7 Free
4Boot CampSoftware 7 Free
5WineHQSoftware 6 Free
6VeertuSoftware 4 Free
7QEMUSoftware 3 Free
8VMWare Workstation ProSoftware 1 Paid

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