These are the best virtual machines on the market

If you haven’t been passed, we can tell you that the time will come when you will wish you that your computer is running a different operating system. If you are a software developer or an average user who wants to use an app exclusive to a different operating system you have, you will have many reasons why you will want to use another operating system. Contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to spend too much money, nor –much less– or buy another computer, since the number of the best virtual machines available today.

The software is intuitive, which allow you to emulate the desired operating system within an operating system different, that is to say, you can run two operating systems –one together with the other– in a single computer. For example, you can run the latest version of MacOS Mojave Apple on a Windows computer.

Then we compiled that are, in our judgment, the best applications of virtual machines available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

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VirtualBox is powerful, it is full of great features and best of all: it’s free. It is a piece of software sensational that requires little more than an Intel or AMD’s latest and offers a seamless integration and capabilities of switching on the desktop of the host. It is available on major platforms, and supports XML files, plain text for easy navigation. The system offers software packages specially designed to help users to share folders and drives among guest operating systems and host.

The software works almost identically on all platforms of the host and even offers virtualization and 3D resolutions multi-screen among other features. It is not the fastest or the most professional in comparison with similar offers, but you get what you ‘pay’ (in this case, nothing).

Windows MacOS Linux


VMware leads in the market of virtual machines since 1998, and offers three different packages virtualization software: VMware Workstation Pro ($ 250), VMware Fusion ($ 80 usd) and VMware Workstation Player (free).

The package Workstation Pro is ideal for professional users who want a virtual machine powerful, able to run applications simultaneously on multiple guest operating systems. VMware’s Fusion, for its part, is a more simple designed for home users that want to run Windows on your Mac machine. VMware Workstation Player, known until recently as the VMware Player is free for personal use, and it is aimed at those looking to run virtual machines on their Windows systems or Linux.

None of the options is particularly easy to use, but the installation is quick, integration between operating systems is seamless and the software of a guest is running at speeds close to native. Best of all is that remain the most stable and reliable that there are.

Windows MacOS Linux

If the aim is to offer the Windows experience to Mac users, Parallels Desktop 14 has no rival. The latest version of the software is compatible with the latest version of MacOS, which allows you to emulate Windows XP, 7, 8, and 10 as a guest operating system. Also you can run Mac and Windows applications effectively, without requiring a restart, at the same time it provides tools to quickly move files between operating systems, launching programs directly from its base of Mac and access the cloud storage.

The software features a simple setup wizard for beginners and it supports Retina displays and 3D graphics advanced. Parallels can also emulate the operating systems Linux and Solaris, but superior integration takes place when combined with the latest version of Windows. If what you want are options confirguación and advanced customization, you’ll have to look elsewhere, but for most of the Mac users, Parallels is probably the best option.


QEMU open source (abbreviation of “EMUlator-fast”), it is ideal for advanced users of Linux who want a virtual machine customizable. Through a process that involves dynamic translation of binaries, QEMU can emulate a variety of types of hardware and software, while dodging administrative privileges on the host to run guest operating systems.

The software executes the guest code directly on the host machine, thus attaining near-native performance. Given the ability mentioned above of the software to run without administrative privileges, it is perfect to create virtual machines ‘to carry’ to be installed without problems in a flash drive, portable. You’ll have to get used to the command prompt to run it, but the nature of open source project makes it one of the options that the more updates you receive.


Apple Boot Camp is not a virtual machine in any sense of the word, but it is worth to take it into account because users who explore the virtual machines often are curious about this tool. The software, which is included natively on all Macs, allows users to start in a dual both MacOS and Windows. Instead of emulating an operating system, Boot Camp helps you configure a partition on the hard disk so that you can install the version of Windows that you like, and given that it runs directly from the hard drive, running Windows through Boot Camp provides offers a much better experience than any other virtual machine.

However, you will see that the disk space is split in half and no longer able to run the best applications for Mac and Windows at the same time because the software requires disk partitioning. On the other side. It is necessary to restart the computer each time you want to change operating system.

It is worth noting that, although Boot Camp itself is not a virtual machine, you can run the Boot Camp partition as a virtual machine with Parallels 14. This allows you a quick access to Windows when you want without the need to reboot into MacOS (if what you want is a overall performance, you will need to turn off and on, booting Windows natively).


*Updated by Daniel Matus on march 10, 2019.

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