VMware today announced VMware Fusion 5, which adds 70 new features, and is optimised for Mountain Lion and Windows 8. VMware is also introducing VMware Fusion 5 Professional with new capabilities designed to dramatically improve the way businesses deliver applications to users on Macs and PCs.
â€œWhile the number of users adopting Macs continue to rise, the business environment is still dominated by Windows,â€ said Jason Joel, director, personal products, VMware. â€œVMware Fusion 5 and Fusion 5 Professional build upon our award-winning platform, adding new capabilities that are in demand among both individual and professional users. Leveraging our experience with consumer and enterprise end-users, we believe this new version of the product is the best solution on the market for users who want to run Windows on Mac simultaneously.â€
VMware Fusion 5
The VMware Fusion 5 continues the ease of use and strong performance of previous versions. VMware Fusion 5 has been revamped to take advantage of new technologies only available in Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs.
New features include:
- Designed for Mountain Lion â€“Â Run Windows on Mountain Lion and search Windows programs in Launchpad, use â€œAirPlay Mirroringâ€ to stream Mac and Windows applications on an HDTV and get VMware Fusion notifications in Mountain Lionâ€™s notification center.
- Windows 8 Optimization â€“VMware Fusion 5 supports Windows 8 standard, pro and enterprise editions so consumers can optimize the new Windows 8 â€œMetroâ€ environment directly on a Mac. (yes, “Metro” is not used anymore. Who cares.)
- Enhanced Mac Support â€“Â Support for the latest Mac technologies include compatibility with Mountain Lion, retina display optimization, USB 3 connectivity, and improved support for large memory Macs.
- Next Generation Performance â€“Performance enhancements include up to 40% faster general performance speeds compared to the previous version of the product, improved power management for longer battery life and faster 3D graphics.
- Additional Functionalities â€“Â New, powerful ways to experience Windows on a Mac are available through an updated virtual machine library that enables seamless transitions between multiple operating systems, one click snapshots with improved graphical appearance, a brand new graphics driver for Linux 3D desktops, and a new embedded learning center for immediate support.
But here we arrive at our first gripe. Every year a new version of VMWare Fusion is released, and this time round the price is again $50. That means this time round, Windows 8 will actually cost less than the virtualization software for Mac. Yes, VMWare Fusion is a lot more useful than only Windows virtual machines, but the high cost, and terrible upgrade pricing does not make it such an compelling upgrade for existing Fusion users.
I will be sticking to version 4 – so far it has been running perfectly on Mountain Lion, and Windows 8 has great performance in the VM.