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    I would like to see the stability improve. We have experienced some crashes on our devices. The configuration could be simplified. I would want to see features included that make deployment easier.
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    Parallels Desktop Business Edition brings Windows and Windows applications to employees on Mac and enables integration of Mac computers into any work environment from education to financial services, technology, consulting, or medical. Optimized for Windows 10 and 7, macOS High Sierra, and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It can help employees to run business-critical applications without compromise: Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, Quicken and QuickBooks for Windows, Access, Project, Autodesk Revit and Inventor, CorelDRAW, ArcGIS, Visio, QuickBooks, Internet Explorer and Adobe Photoshop. Parallels Desktop restricts External Device Access that enforces policies on the use of USB devices, smart cards, and any other external devices plugged into a Mac, for use in Windows. It creates an Expiring Virtual Machines, time-bound and encrypted, that will automatically expire and lock at a defined time to ensure additional security when corporate data is shared externally. Also, Parallels Desktop Business Edition can be deployed through standard software deployment tools. Mass deployment is supported with Jamf Pro, Apple Remote Desktop, IBM Endpoint Manager, Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM, and other solutions.
    VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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    Lytro, University of Washington, Slalom, Veeva Systems, Oklahoma Christian University
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    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Educational Organization7%
    Insurance Company5%
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Parallels Desktop is ranked 14th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) while VMware Workstation is ranked 5th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 5 reviews. Parallels Desktop is rated 0.0, while VMware Workstation is rated 9.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Excellent for testing and provides insight without having to purchase licenses". Parallels Desktop is most compared with VMware Player, VMware Fusion, NComputing vSpace, NVIDIA GRID and Oracle VDI, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View, Hyper-V, KVM and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

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