Nov 02, 2011

Is it time and cost effective to use virtualization to test functionality over different OSs?

We have one guy assigned to check the function of a new application when it is accessed by users on different operating systems. I would like him to use one machine to do the testing, don't want to spend significant money, and want the testing to be done fairly quickly without a lot of time being spent to determine how to actually go about getting it done. Will virtualization work as a cost effective method for testing functionality of different OSs using the same desktop PC?

Yes, virtualization will probably be of use to you. Download VirtualBox and give it a shot. It's free and open source. You can install it on as many machines as you want and it won't cost you a dime.

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