I need to use some Windows apps for work on my MBA. I've used both VMware Fusion and Parallels over the years, and found Parallels to have the edge over VMware for the last few years. However both companies seem to have released updated versions in 2014 so I'm unsure which to go for. I could download a trial of each and see what's what, but I need to get working on these apps pretty quickly so it'd be great if any of you can post some real-world feedback on what you think is the better of the two?
If it's just a case of them being "much of a muchness" these days, with no fundamental differences in performance or ability, then that's great and I'll just install whichever downloads first!
I've used both (Fusion provided by work) and Parallels (personal) and prefer Fusion simply because it is cross OS. I could take the same image and boot up in a Windows Workstation environment. You can convert images from Fusion to Parallels and vice versa but the leftover files/registration entries left behind by Parallels is rather shocking.
Realistically what really matters is the 3d performance between the two. Traditionally, one is faster than the other (although they catch up with each other within months) - the trade off seems to be desktop app performance