VMware Fusion

Version: 8.0 || Release Date: 2015-08-25 || License: Commercial with demo (79.99) App Owner: petekazanjy

VMware Fusion is the most seamless way to run Window on your Intel-based Mac. VMware Fusion allows you to run more than 60 ×86 operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris, in virtual machines at the same time as Mac OS X, without rebooting.

VMware Fusion is built on VMware's rock-solid and advanced desktop virtualization platform that is used by over four million users today.

It's mature virtualization platform makes it the only virtualization product for Mac OS X that allows for SMP virtual machines (up to 2 cores assigned to a virtual machine), up to 8 GB of memory in a virtual machine, and allows you to use the full 16 GB available in a Mac Pro.

You can see a demo on YouTube, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIApJMzGzDQ

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27 Opinions

parallels is better

The latest version available (3.1) is one step ahead VirtualBox, but still too slow to compete with Parallels Desktop. I'm using it to virtualize Windows 7 and it's quite good: to play with Windows games on your Mac, use VMWare Fusion; for everything else, I suggest Parallels Desktop.

Maybe I spoke too soon on 3.1. Started a new Windows 7 image, and it doesnt seem to behave like my old XP image. Seems a lot faster, and doesnt lock up my mac. Will keep testing, but 3.1 seems like it might be a big improvement.

Tried version 3.1. Still trashes my mac while resuming. Makes it unusable for about 2 minutes. Like, the mouse wont even move correctly.

Fusion devs... I dont care how long it takes to resume a frozen virtual machine. Just let me use my mac while you are doing it.

This app is plain intrusive. I want to like it, but the dev team would rather tout their stupid benchmarks instead of building an application that plays well with others.

VMware Fusion is an essential app for web developers! I can have Ubuntu, WinXP and now Windows 7 all installed on my Macbook running simultaneously. Only thing is I was compelled to buy a 7200rpm drive and 4GB of RAM to get the most out of this.. and it worked!

Version 3 is amazing, the developers have been hard at work and it's paid off.

It works like advertised, you just need good amount of RAM to use it since another OS is running. Minimum 1GB, Recommended 2GB (depending of how many apps open).

This app is cpu intensive, so I avoid using it in laptops when they are not plugged.

Use Vmware Fusion ONLY when you have some app you can't find in OSX.

For Games: Use BootCamp. It's faster since it's native and you have all the computer RAM available. I even use a stripped down version of XP for it.

I too have licences for both Parallels v.2 and VMware Fusion but prefer VMware. I didn't upgrade Parallels to V.3 because I found Fusion to be faster in loading programs.

I like Fusion a lot. But its the only app I have installed right now that has the propensity to take down my ENTIRE f*$Ying computer. Like basically lock up the entire machine. Happens regularly, but not frequent enough where I dont take a gamble booting it up every once in a while. Sure pisses me off though.

I have no idea if this is Apples fault or Fusion. Isn't OSX supposed to protect computers from rogue apps? Anyways, I'd recommend againt having anything valuable open when launching Fusion.

When its working (95% of the time), it works awsome and the usability is top notch.

I have licenses for both VMware and Parallels, and compare them head to head with each major release.

Other than a period after VMware 1.0 final was released and Parallels 3 was in beta, Parallels has always been faster to resume and restore, and has a much more polished user experience.

I tried the recent VMware 2.0 beta, and other than the new printer setup tool, it doesn't surpass Parallels in any way I can find. Some comments here about how Vista runs better on VMware, but can't say; Vista is too painful on either product IMHO.

So once again, I'm sticking with Parallels for now. Nice to see the two companies push each other, though!

Faster then the "other" virtualization solution for Mac. Unity is a ver nice way to integrate both world

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