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VMware Fusion 8 is priced at $79.99 for OS X 10.9 and up, while the Professional version is priced starting at $199.99. Trial versions and upgrade discounts are also available. (See comparison tables and Fusion FAQ for more information.)

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VirtualBox is a free, open-source, cross-platform virtualization system from Oracle Corp. that allows the user to run multiple operating systems simultaneously (e.g. Windows within Mac OS X); run older operating systems on newer hardware; or freeze ("snapshot") configurations for testing and development purposes. The latest version brings disk image encryption, USB 3 support, a new audio architecture, bug fixes and more. (See manual and Mac OS X Guests for more details.) VirtualBox 5.0.2 is free for OS X 10.8 and later.

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6 and 3.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

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