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VMware Fusion for Mac

$52.49
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0.0
  • Total Downloads:
    99,228
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 26, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try; Pro version for $112.49; $52.49 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    361.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    100
  • Platform:
    Mac
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Editors' Review

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With VMware Fusion, you can run Windows and OS X applications side by side on your Mac. The virtualization software provides lots of installation options and many ways to integrate Windows into your Mac workflow.

Pros

Installation options: VMware Fusion offers a handful of options for creating a virtual machine on your Mac. You of course can create a virtual machine from scratch with a Windows 10 disk image. If you previously installed Apple's Boot Camp, you can create a virtual machine that directly uses your Boot Camp volume, or you can copy your Boot Camp volume to a new virtual machine. You can also import into Fusion virtual machines you've created with Parallels Desktop and Microsoft Windows Virtual PC.

Migration help: VMware Fusion includes a migration assistant to move your apps, settings, and documents from a Windows computer to a virtual machine.

Run Mac and Windows side by side: You don't need to reboot to change operating systems, as you must with Apple's Boot Camp. With Fusion, you can run both OSes at the same time. And unlike Boot Camp, you can run Fusion and the virtual machine from an external drive. (Boot Camp needs to be installed on an internal hard drive.) You aren't limited to Windows, either; you can run another version of OS X or Linux in Fusion as well.

Well integrated: Copy and paste or drag and drop files between Mac and Windows environments, and copy and paste between Mac and Windows apps. You can use the Windows 10 Store, the Edge browser, and Cortana. Fusion includes support for DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3.

Multiple ways to work in Windows: You can run Windows full screen or side by side with the Mac environment. Or you can keep it out of sight and access it from a Windows Start menu from the Mac menu bar and launch Windows apps from the dock.

Cons

Resource intensive: Running a virtual machine strains system resources, so you'll see overall operational degradation if you don't have a moderately well-equipped and current Mac.

Bottom line

VMware Fusion is a thoroughly capable virtualization application that lets you run Windows and OS X. With a handful of options for using Windows and OS X apps side by side, Fusion makes its easy to use the two operating systems in tandem.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"5.02 version has been released in NOvember 2012!"

January 20, 2013  |  By remyleroy

2013-01-20 04:49:37  |  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

2012-08-24 11:17:39  |  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

2011-11-10 20:08:11  |  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

2011-09-19 08:43:29  |  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

2011-09-15 19:46:10  |  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

2011-03-13 05:30:48  |  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

2010-05-26 07:51:44  |  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

2010-05-26 03:39:49  |  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

2010-05-26 01:04:27  |  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

2010-02-19 15:55:50  |  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 8.0.0
New features and improvements in several areas including:
  • Windows 10
  • Ready for OS X El Capitan
  • All New Enhanced Graphics Engine with DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3
  • 65% OpenGL Performance improvement and 15% DirectX 9 Performance improvement
  • Built for the latest Macs including the iMac Retina 5K
  • Native vCloud Air integration
  • $600 in free vCloud Air service credit
  • Improved vSphere integration
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Publisher VMware
Publisher web site http://www.vmware.com/mac
Release Date August 26, 2015
Date Added August 26, 2015
Version 8.0.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 361.69MB
File Name VMware-Fusion-8.0.0-2985594.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 99,228
Downloads Last Week 100
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License Model Free to try
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Price $52.49

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