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parallels vs vmware vs virtual box

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I have dell laptop and I am not happy with its build or quality but I do have macbook air.
I am very impressed with its build and the apple boundaries of purchasing software.

I am planing to buy a Imac for me but before that I need to know.
I am developer and I work on Dotnet based projects.

Now from Imac I can use parallels or vmware or virtual box and do my development work.

But I am not sure which one is best based on my needs. I used Virtual box on windows but I am not very happy with its performance.

Could any one help me out here to chose which one I should go for based on my needs.
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I always thought that parallels was the way to go on a mac. Not tested it myself but heard it from a few Mac adepts :)
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VirtualBox costs nothing while others are a bit faster
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previously VBox used to be a little slower than VMware Player was, but I think they have caught up and there is very little difference, if any. Important is to enable the CPU's Virtual technologies from within the BIOS, and also to install the VirtualBox extensions and addons (or VMware Tools etc). And also update when updates are available (Of course making sure you still have the old version available for installation should something in the upgrades breaks things).
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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Parallels for Mac is the best virtualization product for the Mac! out performs VMware Fusion sorry to say, and Virtualbox.

If you want a FREE product Virtual box!
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Sorry, I forgot to add one point.

I do have multiple displays. So does any of the above software supports multiple displays if they were attached?
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Yes, Parallels supports multiple displays.
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Yes, virtualbox too (you can have up to 8)
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