Best Desktop Virtual Applications

Today, computers are so powerful that they can run different operating systems within an operating system. This can be possible using a software called desktop virtual applications or commonly called virtual machines. Both Microsoft Windows and Linux have different desktop virtual applications that can run "guest operating systems" within its operating system.

Here, we will show you the different virtual machines that are widely and commonly used. Some may be free and others are not. The free ones are good enough but if you want more of the power of virtual computers, then the paid applications should suffice your needs.


Some Of The Most Common And Widely Used Desktop Virtual Applications


1. VirtualBox (Free / Windows / Mac / Linux)

A free virtual application that can be used in Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. VirtualBox is very easy to install and contains a huge collection of features. User friendly and can easily be installed with different software. The virtual machine also allows users to mount flashdrives, CD ROMs, and even connect to a network. This is the best desktop virtual application every newbie should try.


2. WINE (Free / Linux)

Wine is a free virtual application for Linux to let Windows-based applications to run within Linux. Though this application is still under development, its goal is to entirely remove Windows API to have other applications that runs under Windows operating system to run with Linux without any problems. As of now, more and more applications which are Windows-based are able to be run inside Linux. That is only possible using Wine. Know more here about the myths about wine.


3. VMware (VMware View: FREE VMware Workstation: Not FREE / Windows / Linux)

VMware is a favorite among many users. It comes in two versions : basic and paid versions. Using the basic version or the VMware View allow users to create and run virtual machines without any need of the added features. If however a user wants to use the more feature packed version - VMware Workstation is available at a reasonable price. VMware Workstation allow users to clone machines, take snapshots, and so many more features.


4. Parallels (Not Free / Windows / Mac / Linux)

Basically made for Mac, it also allows Windows and Linux virtualization. Parallels is also capable of direct link or access to the host pc's hardware resources. Peripheral support, synchronization, file sharing, and others are some of its great features.


5. QEMU (FREE / Linux)

Regarded to be one of the best desktop virtual applications made for Linux based on KVM or Kernal Virtual Machine. What makes QEMU stand out among the rest of the desktop virtualization solutions out there is that it would not require any administrative access to run. It also is capable of directly executing the the guests' codes instruction for the hardware resource to be used.


6. Windows Virtual PC (FREE / Windows)

This may not be your ultimate virtual desktop software as it has limited features fitted for sole Windows user. It allow users to test and install software for operating system-machine backward compatibility. A test whether Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, or any other Windows operating system is compatible with the current computer having installed with Virtual PC.


These are some of the most common and popularly used desktop virtual applications both free and paid. Personally, I am a big fan of VirtualBox and had been using it for more than a year. Whatever suites your virtualization needs, go and just try any of those mentioned. More virtual machines are going to be developed in some years or even months to come, let us just sit back and wait for the more powerful applications and hopefully still for free.

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