VMware Fusion for Mac enables you to run several operating systems on your Mac at the same time. With this premium product you can install practically any OS and run it as a virtual machine. What's more, special software can be installed that will allow you to use the Unity view, making non-Mac applications behave like native ones.
Multiple options for loading an OS: When you start VMware Fusion for Mac for the first time, you have the option to add a new virtual machine in a number of ways: If you use OS X's Bootcamp feature, you can either duplicate it as a virtual machine, or run it straight off your hard drive. You can also import a Windows installation from another PC using companion software found on VMware's Web site or use your own OS installation media like a DVD or a disk image.
Configuration options: During the setup of your virtual machine, you'll be able to add and remove hardware and adjust specs like the amount of RAM and the number of CPU cores.
Unity view: After the installation of your virtual machine is complete and the VMware Tools are installed, you'll be able to enter the Unity view, where non-native apps will appear on your desktop and dock just like regular apps, which you can even pin to your Launchpad.
Requires good hardware: Due to the nature of virtual machine technology, a moderately powerful Mac is the minimum requirement for smooth operation. Also, the app significantly increases idle battery usage.
Additional expenses beyond the app's price: The software does not come with any bundled operating systems, so you'll have to purchase those, yourself.
If you're transitioning from a PC to a Mac, VMware Fusion for Mac can make your life easier. With a menu bar icon that mimics Windows' Start menu, this premium software caters to longtime Windows users, aiming to make them productive on OS X from the get-go.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of VMware Fusion for Mac 6.0.4.
VMware Fusion is the most seamless way to run Windows applications on your Mac. VMware Fusion combines a clean and intuitive Cocoa-native interface that Mac users expect with a virtual platform trusted by millions of users today. VMware Fusion allows you to launch your Windows applications from the Dock and switch between Windows and Mac applications using Expose. With the industry's most advanced virtualization technology VMware Fusion lets you leverage all the hardware available on your Mac to simultaneously run 32 and 64-bit operating systems, use two processor cores at the same time, run select 3D games and utilize USB 2.0 devices.
What's new in this version:
VMware Fusion 6.0.4 has been updated to the OPENSSL library version openssl-1.0.1h where necessary to address CVE-2014-0224, CVE-2014-0198, CVE-2010-5298, and CVE-2014-3470.