Update: Our full benchmark comparison between Parallels 10, Fusion 7, and VirtualBox is now available.
Following the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 late last month, VMware today launched the latest version of its OS X virtualization software, VMware Fusion 7. New features advertised by VMware include full support for OS X Yosemite, both as a guest and host operating system, support for Windows 8.1, “near-native” performance, increased hardware support for up to 16 virtual CPUs, 8TB virtual disks, and 64GB of memory, better battery life, and enhanced support for Retina displays.
We benchmarked Parallels Desktop 10 and found it to offer very little in terms of performance improvements. Many readers subsequently asked for comparison benchmarks between Parallels 10 and Fusion 7, and we’re working on those right now. We’ll also throw Oracle’s VirtualBox into our upcoming benchmarks to give you a sense of what a free virtualization option can offer.
Those who already know they want VMware Fusion 7 can pick it up now for $69.99, compared to $79.99 for Parallels 10. Upgrade pricing those using Fusion 5 and above is $49.99, the same as Parallels.