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  • VMWare Fusion 5 Released for Mac Users


    For Mac users, one of the most popular ways to use Windows is through a virtual machine method because it allows the Mac user to control their Mac OS X operating system while another operating system runs in a separate window. It is an option separate from using Apple’s Boot Camp ability, which allows the user to partition their storage drive and install Windows. Virtual machines also support a wider range of operating systems than Boot Camp does. One popular virtual machine application for Mac users is VMWare Fusion and today, the application gets updated to version 5.0.

    The update to the popular desktop virtualization tool adds compatibility with Apple’s newest operating system: OS X Mountain Lion. The latest version of VMWare Fusion 4 was capable of running on OS X Mountain Lion, however only VMWare Fusion 5 takes advantage is optimized to work on it and takes advantage of many of its new features. The update to the application also adds support for Windows 8, which Microsoft is expected to launch to the public very soon.

    After you upgrade your copy of VMWare Fusion, you will also need to update the VMWare tools on your virtual machines – the application will prompt you to do this upon starting up your virtual machine automatically. In terms of appearance, it is hard to distinguish the difference between VMWare Fusion 4 and VMWare Fusion 5, so in reality, anyone upgrading will have no trouble at all figuring out the interface. Functionally, the application is just as powerful as before and is much more responsive.

    According to VMWare’s Web site, VMWare Fusion 5 is 1.4x faster than VMWare Fusion 4, offers 1.45x more battery life than VMWare Fusion 4, includes better 3D graphics performance, and offers even more compatibility that allows the two operating systems to intertwine with each other in a user environment. Included in the 5.0 update for VMWare Fusion is support for Apple’s newest Mac computers such as the MacBook Pro with retina display. The application is now retina display-ready and takes advantage of the new ports introduced on the computer like USB 3.0, although a disclaimer at the bottom of the Web site states that only Windows 8 can take advantage of the USB 3.0 ports.

    Current VMWare Fusion users can upgrade to VMWare Fusion 5 for $49.99. Anyone that has purchased VMWare Fusion 4 after July 25 of this year can upgrade for free. The basic version of the software will cost $49.99 and the professional version will cost $99.99. VMWare offers a free 30-day trial of the software so you can try it and see if you like it from this link.

    Sources: VMWare via Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: VMWare 5 Released for Mac Users started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Inception!
    1. Micturition's Avatar
      Micturition -
      I have Windows 8 retail on a BOOTCAMP partition. I almost forgot how much it sucks. Once you go Mac you never you back.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Micturition View Post
      I have Windows 8 retail on a BOOTCAMP partition. I almost forgot how much it sucks. Once you go Mac you never you back.
      Agreed. Not an fanboy. I've grown up with windows since 95. But man Mac is easier to operate and function
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      I'll stick with my Mac. Why would
      Someone wanna go back to windows?
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      Inception is using Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac to remote to a Windows PC, which runs a virtualised instance of Linux
    1. TechnoUniversity's Avatar
      TechnoUniversity -
      I use both windows and Mac. No difference to me to be honest. I use OS X more for personal use but windows is by far more valuable in the workforce.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Been waiting for this. Can't wait to try it out as soon as I finish restoring my MBA. I need Windows for school purposes, unfortunately.
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Been waiting for this. Can't wait to try it out as soon as I finish restoring my MBA. I need Windows for school purposes, unfortunately.
      It doesn't appear to be much faster than Parallels 7, from the quick tests I did with Windows 8 Pro. Also appears to use a lot more CPU as well compared P7 too.

      Will be interested to see the launch of Parallels 8 early next month.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I get VMWare for free bc of my school's CIS program. Hence choose VMWare over Parallels

      I like Parallels better that's for sure, but free from school is better than out of pocket payment!
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      I'll stick with my Mac. Why would
      Someone wanna go back to windows?
      Tools such as VMWare fusion are for people who require windows-only tools, or develop for it (programs / websites) and so on.

      Enough of blatant trolling.

      I myself have both vmware and parallels and virtualize not only windows.
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Micturition View Post
      I have Windows 8 retail on a BOOTCAMP partition. I almost forgot how much it sucks. Once you go Mac you never you back.
      I like OSX better also, but I do not think windows sucks!! Win 7 is actually VERY good. I use it at work and remote desktop into a server from my mac. I wish Apples remote desktop app was a little better. I much prefer Windows file system.

      When my Mac locks up I have no option except to unplug and restart it. No (that I know of) cntrl-alt-delete option on the mac!
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I rather use bootcamp since I mainly use windows 7 on my new MacBook Pro 15" Ret.
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dranon View Post
      I like OSX better also, but I do not think windows sucks!! Win 7 is actually VERY good. I use it at work and remote desktop into a server from my mac. I wish Apples remote desktop app was a little better. I much prefer Windows file system.

      When my Mac locks up I have no option except to unplug and restart it. No (that I know of) cntrl-alt-delete option on the mac!

      It's option command escape I believe. Check the Apple menu. It's called Force Quit.
    1. rob_squared's Avatar
      rob_squared -
      Option+Command+Escape.
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Micturition View Post
      Once you go Mac you never go back.
      Same here.
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      The one and only reason for me to use it was to reload the Numark Omnicontrol Dj Console firmware on OS X Lion. Worked like charm. Was impossible to load in OS X natively. Seems MIDI is more Win friendly...
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dranon View Post
      When my Mac locks up I have no option except to unplug and restart it. No (that I know of) cntrl-alt-delete option on the mac!
      Lockups on the Mac are generally app-specific. Meaning: if Safari causes the Spinning Wheel, you can move your mouse then click on the desktop and that will let you "regain control" so you can click on Apple -> Force quit (Or use shortcuts, if you're into that as mentioned above).

      If Finder stops responding, that makes things considerably harder and that's usually when you'll need to force shut down by holding the power button for five seconds.
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      I did not know about option-command-escape. I DO know about force quit but i could not access the apple icon with the curser to invoke it! Next time it happens I'll see if the shortcut works! Thanks All!!
    1. ironmanixs's Avatar
      ironmanixs -
      Current VMWare Fusion users can upgrade to VMWare Fusion 5 for $49.99.
      Pfffff.....wtf!