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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:03 am    Post subject: VMware Releases Fusion 5 Reply with quote

VMware Releases Fusion 5
Thursday, August 23, 2012
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VMware today announced the release of VMware Fusion 5, a major update of their virtualization software for Mac users. According to the company, this version of the software includes over 70 new features that take advantage of new technologies offered in Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest MacBooks. Some of the highlights include:

- Run Windows on Mountain Lion and search Windows programs in Launchpad, use "AirPlay Mirroring" to stream Mac and Windows applications on an HDTV and get VMware Fusion notifications in Mountain Lion's notification center.

- VMware Fusion 5 supports Windows 8 standard, pro and enterprise editions so consumers can optimize the new Windows 8 "Metro" environment directly on a Mac.

- Support for the latest Mac technologies include compatibility with Mountain Lion, retina display optimization, USB 3 connectivity, and improved support for large memory Macs.

- Performance enhancements include up to 40% faster general performance speeds compared to the previous version of the product, improved power management for longer battery life and faster 3D graphics.

- New, powerful ways to experience Windows on a Mac are available through an updated virtual machine library that enables seamless transitions between multiple operating systems, one click snapshots with improved graphical appearance, a brand new graphics driver for Linux 3D desktops, and a new embedded learning center for immediate support.

VMware Fusion 5 is priced at $49.99. Customers who purchased VMware Fusion 4 on or after July 25, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade.



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep I saw that this morning and downloaded the evaluation copy. Great product. It seems to be faster than Version 4 at starting up from a saved state. It also provides 3D acceleration on Linux virtual machines, which version 4 doesn't. The price is reasonable; but they are promising a special price to beta testers, and I was one of these. I'm just waiting for this before upgrading.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox wrote:
The price is reasonable; but they are promising a special price to beta testers, and I was one of these. I'm just waiting for this before upgrading.

That's cool. I do think the $50 yearly upgrade schedules for Fusion and Parallels are getting out of hand though. Like when it comes to regular users. I also think it's getting hard to justify the price in comparison to what Microsoft and Apple charge for Windows and OS X. They are both going to be selling for well under $50 on basically the same upgrade cycle.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Texark, bear in mind that with Fusion, VMware allows you to buy one copy and legally install it on every Mac you own; this is what Apple is now doing but not Microsoft or Parallels. But the cheapest way to get virtualization if you are not a business is to use VirtualBox. It is almost as easy to use as the other two products and it has most of their features. I highly recommend it to folks who don't want to spend money on virtualization.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't use Fusion with my MacBook Pro anymore, but I may have to upgrade when Windows 8 comes out. Maybe there will be some sort or sale or coupon code out there by then as well.
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