For Mac users, one of the most popular ways to use Windows is through a virtual machine method because it allows the Mac user to control their Mac OS X operating system while another operating system runs in a separate window. It is an option separate from using Apple’s Boot Camp ability, which allows the user to partition their storage drive and install Windows. Virtual machines also support a wider range of operating systems than Boot Camp does. One popular virtual machine application for Mac users is VMWare Fusion and today, the application gets updated to version 5.0.
The update to the popular desktop virtualization tool adds compatibility with Apple’s newest operating system: OS X Mountain Lion. The latest version of VMWare Fusion 4 was capable of running on OS X Mountain Lion, however only VMWare Fusion 5 takes advantage is optimized to work on it and takes advantage of many of its new features. The update to the application also adds support for Windows 8, which Microsoft is expected to launch to the public very soon.
After you upgrade your copy of VMWare Fusion, you will also need to update the VMWare tools on your virtual machines – the application will prompt you to do this upon starting up your virtual machine automatically. In terms of appearance, it is hard to distinguish the difference between VMWare Fusion 4 and VMWare Fusion 5, so in reality, anyone upgrading will have no trouble at all figuring out the interface. Functionally, the application is just as powerful as before and is much more responsive.
According to VMWare’s Web site, VMWare Fusion 5 is 1.4x faster than VMWare Fusion 4, offers 1.45x more battery life than VMWare Fusion 4, includes better 3D graphics performance, and offers even more compatibility that allows the two operating systems to intertwine with each other in a user environment. Included in the 5.0 update for VMWare Fusion is support for Apple’s newest Mac computers such as the MacBook Pro with retina display. The application is now retina display-ready and takes advantage of the new ports introduced on the computer like USB 3.0, although a disclaimer at the bottom of the Web site states that only Windows 8 can take advantage of the USB 3.0 ports.
Current VMWare Fusion users can upgrade to VMWare Fusion 5 for $49.99. Anyone that has purchased VMWare Fusion 4 after July 25 of this year can upgrade for free. The basic version of the software will cost $49.99 and the professional version will cost $99.99. VMWare offers a free 30-day trial of the software so you can try it and see if you like it from this link.