VMware Fusion for Mac

VMware Fusion for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 44 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.0.4
File Size:
514.33MB
Date Added:
July 06, 2014
Price:
Free to try; $59.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
77,190
Downloads Last Week:
464
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Bottom Line

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.

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    out of 44 votes

    • 5 star: 21
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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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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