“Mac users are fortunate to have not one, but two excellent commercial virtualization software packages to choose from, not to mention less-polished free alternatives like Virtual Box,” J.R. Bookwalter writes for Macworld. “In what has now become an annual ritual, VMware and Parallels have updated their respective Fusion and Parallels Desktop products to coincide with the recent release of macOS Sierra.”

“Last year, both companies delivered ambitious new versions to capitalize on back-to-back debuts of Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan, but the 2016 editions are somewhat more subdued by comparison,” Bookwalter writes. “VMware marked the occasion by launching Fusion 8.5, a maintenance update with no new features.”

Bookwalter writes, “Having celebrated its tenth anniversary for Desktop earlier this year, Parallels encouraged engineers to come up with at least one unique new feature to justify the upgrade to version 12…”

Read more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you have to slum it with Windows, you might as well do it a cleanly and safely as possible by doing it on your Mac!