VMware Announces Fusion 5 With Support For OS X Mountain Lion & Windows 8

VMware Announces Fusion 5 With Support For OS X Mountain Lion & Windows 8

Fusion now supports features introduced in OS X Mountain Lion.

VMware has announced the latest version of its popular virtualization tool, VMware Fusion. Version 5 is optimized for the latest technologies found in OS X Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs — including the Retina MacBook Pro — and includes more than 70 new features “for a Windows on Mac experience never seen before.”

VMware Fusion 5 promises to offer the easiest, fastest, and most reliable way to run Windows on your Mac.

It’s been revamped to take advantage of the new features in Mountain Lion, with the ability to show your Windows programs in Launchpad, and software updates in Notification Center. There’s also support for AirPlay mirroring, so you can stream Windows applications and media wirelessly to your HDTV.

Fusion 5 also works well with the latest hardware, too, taking advantage of the new USB 3 ports, and the Retina MacBook Pro’s high-resolution display.

And if you’re planning to upgrade to Windows 8 later this year, Fusion has you covered, with support for the standard, Pro, and Enterprise editions of Microsoft’s next-generation desktop operating system.

What’s more, Fusion 5 is 40% faster than Fusion 4, includes better power management to maximize your battery life, and boasts faster 3D graphics.

Fusion 5 is available immediately, with prices starting at $49.99 for the standard release, or $99.99 for the professional edition. Customers who purchased Fusion 4 on or after July 25, 2012 are eligible for an upgrade at no extra cost.

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  • RaptorOO7

    Thanks VMware but no thanks. I am running Parallels 7 which was an update to support Mountain Lion and Windows 8 instead of a whole new software purchase. Nice try.

  • assyrianpride

    thats just dumb.

  • Mystakill

    I’m really getting tired of these vendors touting their now-annual minor updates as “upgrades” and charging $40-50 for them. Plus, without any sort of (pardon the pun) apples-to-apples comparisons regarding resource usage, performance, features, etc., how does one decide between VMware, Paralells, VirtualBox, et. al.?

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