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Compare Parallels Desktop for Mac vs QEMU vs VirtualBox vs VMWare workstation vs Windows Virtual PC (System virtual machines software comparison matrix)

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Parallels Desktop for MacKVM/QEMUVirtualBoxVMWare workstationWindows Virtual PC
Websitehttp://www.parallels.com/en/products/desktop/http://www.qemu.org/http://www.virtualbox.org/http://www.vmware.com/products/ws/http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/
Release date2010-12-152011-05-072011-07-192014-07-012010-03-17
Latest version6.0.11990.6210140.14.14.110.0.36.1.7600
LicenseProprietaryGPL/LGPLProprietary / GPLProprietaryProprietary
Price79.99$FreeFree for personal useFree / 189$Free
Features
USB supportYesYesYes UDB over RDPYesNo
Snapshot supportYesYesYesYesYes
GUIYesNo but several third parties availableYesYesYes
Emulate other architecturesNoYes ARM, MIPS, SPARC, Alpha...NoNoNo
Storage formatsQCOW2/QCOW
VMDK (VMware)
VHD (Windows virtual PC)
(Bochs)
cloop (Knoppix)
VDI (VirtualBox)
Raw format
VDI (VirtualBox)
VMDK (VMware)
VHD (Windows virtual PC)
VMDK (VMware)
VHD (Windows virtual PC)
VHD (Windows virtual PC)
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Host supported platforms
WindowsYesNoYesYesYes
LinuxNoYesYesYesNo
Mac OSYesNoYesNo Vmware Fusion avalable for Mac OSNo
Guest runnable OS
WindowsYesYesYesYesYes
LinuxYesYesYesYesYes not official; some unsupported features
Mac OSYes Mac OS X ServerNoYes Mac OS X ServerYes Mac OS X ServerNo
SolarisYesYesYesYes
DOSYesYesYesYes
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