VMware Fusion for Mac

VMware Fusion for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 44 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    91,050
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 27, 2009
  • Price:
    Purchase; $79.99 to buy
  • File Size:
    333.16MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    148
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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VMware Fusion is a virtualization program that lets you run Windows applications on any Intel-based Mac--and quickly switch back and forth between Windows and Mac apps. This app's Unity feature alone makes it worth trying VMware Fusion's 30-day trial. With Unity, Windows apps appear right alongside Mac apps as windows in your Mac OS, as well as in the Dock and Exposé. You can also get to your Windows apps directly from the Apple Menu bar, even when VMware Fusion isn't running. You can also set your preferences so that your Mac and Windows apps use the same user data (your Documents, Music, Pictures, etc.), and it interacts well with most printers and multiple monitors.

This version has made great strides at boosting speed and performance, with faster start-up and launch times, and it brings full support for Snow Leopard and Windows 7. This update also lets you take better advantage of both multiple processors and greater Windows graphical power, with support for Windows Aero and Flip 3D animations, and it's easier than ever to migrate a physical PC (or a Boot Camp partition or other virtualization app) to a virtual machine on your Mac. You can also use VMware Fusion to run Ubuntu or over 140 other supported operating systems. Still just under $80--with a free year of McAfee anti-virus and a year and a half of e-mail support--this is one of the cheapest ways to "buy" an easy-to-use Windows box. (And all without cluttering up your desk with ugly, non-Apple hardware.)

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–11 of 44

5 stars

"Quality update"

October 27, 2009  |  By scott.bic

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I had no trouble downloading & installing this update. Didn't even mind having to pay for it.

Been using Fusion since version 1, and it's always worked great. I've got WinXP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and a few linux virtual machines. Never had a problem.

Top quality software, unlike Parallels.

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5 stars

"5.02 version has been released in NOvember 2012!"

January 20, 2013  |  By remyleroy

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 5.0.2

Pros

Fusion works just fine with Bootcamp

Cons

Don't forget to install the VMWare tools especially if you installed Windows thru BootCamp or Windows will think your copy isn't genuine

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4 stars

"I recommend VMFUSION for virtual machine operation."

August 24, 2012  |  By derrico

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 5.0

Pros

easier install of the virtual machine than Parallels and more intuitive interface

Cons

haven't seen any

Summary

My sister had trouble running some Windows legal software (BestCase) under a Parallels virtual machine (disappearing application window). We tried various fixes with no success. The law software tech said he had seen the same problem, each time with Parallels. I decided to switch to VMFusion. Much easier install of the virtual machine and more intuitive interface. So far, the disappearing app problem has not occurred. She is pleased.

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1 stars

"You will need to pay extra for customer support later."

November 10, 2011  |  By dazgm39

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 4.0.2

Pros

It worked for 10 months.

Cons

It is supposedly the cheaper option for fusion products, but don't buy it....Mine worked for the first 10 months and now it is cactus...You try finding how to get support on the VMWare Fusion website! It is an absolute minefield and these guys don't have a clue how to do business.

Summary

Don't buy this! You will regret it. I have had problem after problem with it.

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2 stars

"PRINTING ISSUES"

September 19, 2011  |  By rlenham

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 4.0.1

Pros

No pros I can think of. I have reverted to version 3

Cons

Major issues with Windows 7 and printing. The program selects a different printer than my default Mac printer and after changing and printing one page Windows becomes unusable and I get a nasty message from Windows.

Summary

I downloaded Parallels 7 this morning, converted my Windows 7 VM virtual machine and everything is working beautifully.

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4 stars

"Watch out for upgrade"

September 15, 2011  |  By greg171

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 4.0.1

Pros

Excellent virtualization software

Cons

Only at the bottom of the FAQ page will you find that the upgrade is only for recent buyers (since Lion). All others have to buy new at full price ($50 for a ltd time). If 4.0.1 is installed then a link to buy goes to a broken page @ Digital River.

Summary

I am not being critical of the pricing, as it is time to collect some money for development. My complaint is that the pricing policy is not readily available for existing users. And as of this date I (as a registered user) have not received any email announcement of the upgrade or its pricing. And as noted above, it is difficult to find it on the web site. And I did not find "limited time" for $50 defined anywhere - so how much time do I have before the price increases? I got burned this way with iStat Menu's last upgrade, as the price expired before the trial did. It would be nice not to be kept in the dark.

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5 stars

"The best Windows (or Linux) visualization software."

March 13, 2011  |  By thompson_Matthew

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.1.2

Pros

It is more stable than Parallels Desktop and just looks better. The new unity mode puts a very handy launch bar in the system tray that allows searching. It supports Ubuntu Linux (even Unity and the Launch bar!). It's also cheaper than parallels...

Cons

I really haven't found any yet...

Summary

VMWare fusion is by far the best virtulization software for mac on the market.

Updated on Mar 13, 2011

virtualization whoops typo

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5 stars

"couldn't survive a few windows' needs without it"

May 26, 2010  |  By dmac6

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.1

Pros

flawless to my needs

Cons

none to my needs

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5 stars

"Wow!"

May 26, 2010  |  By Guy Carmeli

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I am running Win7 off of a Boot Camp disk, and everything just seems dramatically faster. The UI is snappy and windows took about half the time to load.

Great product which just gets better.

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5 stars

"Update"

May 26, 2010  |  By Phoenix DownUnder

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Fusion 3.1 installed perfectly and without any issues. XP seems to boot faster and runs reasonably quickly. Must qualify that however as XP has never been fast. IE and software Update started and worked quite quickly. Windows Explorer opened in about 5 seconds on a 2.4GHz macBook. Word opened in its normal lethargic rate. Overall seems slightly faster.

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5 stars

"Fusion excels on USB connections"

February 19, 2010  |  By FixMaX

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.0.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Fusion excels on USB connections. In cases where Windows-only applications are needed to control USB-connected machines to the Mac, only Fusion works without a hitch. Other alternatives like Parallels just cannot deliver on such scenario, crashing and losing the USB connection with the machine all the time.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0
VMware Fusion 3 includes more than 50 new features and enhancements, delivering a better-than-ever Windows on Mac experience. Key highlights include:
  • Performance, Finely Tuned. Support for 4-way SMP to maximize performance on the latest iMac and Mac Pro. Lower overhead and up to 2X faster resume time for a suspended virtual machine.
  • More Mac-Like Than Ever. Banish the start menu and launch Windows apps from the new "always-on" applications menu, even when VMware Fusion isn't running. VMware Fusion provides convenient new ways to experience Windows applications like Mac applications.
  • Optimized for Snow Leopard. Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware Fusion 3 leverages Mac OS X Snow Leopard's advanced architecture with a new 64-bit core engine and native support for the 64-bit kernel, delivering even better Windows on Mac performance.
  • Ultimate Windows 7 Experience. VMware Fusion 3 will be the first to enable the full Windows 7 experience, side-by-side with your Mac, complete with Windows Aero and Flip 3D.
  • Best-in-Class 3D Graphics. Support for OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 will enable users to run their favorite 3D Windows games and applications - all without rebooting.
General
Publisher VMware
Publisher web site http://www.vmware.com/mac
Release Date October 27, 2009
Date Added October 27, 2009
Version 3.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel
Additional Requirements
  • Intel-based Mac
  • Download Information
    File Size 333.16MB
    File Name VMware-Fusion-7.1.2-2779224.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 91,050
    Downloads Last Week 148
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    Limitations Not available
    Price $79.99

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