It’s not very easy to define the term virtual machine, a phrase you may have heard thrown around along with other words, including “virtualization” or “emulation,” but we’re going to give it a try.
At its simplest, virtual machine refers to using software to create a system or app that would normally involve separate hardware to run. For instance, “Parallels Desktop” and “VMware Fusion” are two pieces of software you could buy to run Windows 8 on a Mac computer. The software creates a virtual version of Windows that works within the Mac’s operating system; you could do that to run Mac apps such as “GarageBand” and “iPhoto” alongside Windows-only software including “Word 2013” or video games that aren’t out for Mac.
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