VMware: Launches Fusion 7, Fusion 7 Pro with OS X Yosemite support

VMware: Launches Fusion 7, Fusion 7 Pro with OS X Yosemite support

Summary: Fusion 7 adopts OS X Yosemite design cues. The professional version ties into VMware's private cloud infrastructure and supports more than 200 operating systems.

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VMware on Wednesday launched its Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro virtualization software for the Apple's Mac platform and OS X Yosemite.

Fusion 7 is VMware's software that delivers Windows on a Mac. The application competes with Parallels desktop virtualization software.

The consumer-focused Fusion 7 adopts Yosemite's translucent windows, toolbars and dock icons. Fusion 7 also has more powerful virtual machines with up to 16 virtual CPUs, 8 TB virtual disks and 64 GB of memory. The application is also designed for the latest Intel processors and is 43 percent faster for CPU-intensive applications.

Meanwhile, both Windows and Mac applications are optimized for Apple's Retina display.

The enterprise focused Fusion 7 Pro offers a series of admin tools to run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. Fusion Pro also has features for developers and IT administrators including:

  • Support for Windows 8.1 to Windows 2012 R2 as well as predecessors. There's also support for the flavors of OS X and various Linux distributions such as Ubuntu 14.04, RHEL 7, CentOS 7, Fedora 20, Debian 8. Nicolas Rochard, director of product marketing at VMware, said Fusion 7 Pro supports more than 200 operating systems.
  • VMware also added connection to its vSphere, ESXi or Workstation platforms for private clouds.
  • Dual GPU optmization and iSight support for video conferencing are also added. The iSight and Webcam support allows enterprises to use collaboration systems such as Microsoft Lync on a Mac.
  • Support for Dockers, a container system, is also available.
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Rochard said the two versions of Fusion add 50 new features. Rochard said that Fusion can handle both non-touch and touch software. Windows 8 on a virtual machine can work with touch screens.

Fusion 7 will start at $69.99 and Fusion 7 Pro at $149.99. Customers who bought Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Pro between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 get automatic upgrades to Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro for free.

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Topics: Virtualization, Apple, Operating Systems, VMware

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  • just get it over with

    apple would make a ton of money selling windows machines instead of crippling them with OSX. Just like MSFT had to ship office for the ipad, apple should eat humble pie and ship windows on the macs standard. It's not as if apple makes any real cash from the mac compared to iOS hardware, which has become their only significant growth area. In fact, the biggest handicap of the mac is the cost of the added windows license to do actual work. If they removed this issue they would sell a lot more hardware which is where apple makes its money.
    neonspark
    • Never read so much Hogwash....

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      5735guy
    • ....but why?

      People choose to buy a MAC and they want to stick with that OS because compatibility and support, if a MAC user needs a Windows program then it uses vmWare, VirtualBox or even QEMU [I have seen Parallels and is horrible].
      delimitaciones
    • sigh...

      neonspark - Learn a thing or two about business. There's a reason there isn't much of a high end market for Windows computers. It has more to do with the Windows market than it does Apple. When it comes to the Windows platform, it's simply a race to the bottom. Back when there was next to no competition the premium market just went with MS but ever since Apple started executing with some focus MS has struggled to retain customers in that area.

      In other words if Apple went with Windows on their hardware they wouldn't be able to compete and make the profits they do now. They would also lose the advantages they have now of being in control of the OS to coordinate that with their hardware developers.

      I realize on the surface it seems like it would be a slam dunk for Apple to move to Windows and simply "clean up" but it would be suicide and their Mac line of computers with OSX have been doing very well for them. For what it's worth years ago Amelio once tossed the idea around as CEO to license Windows and put a Mac interface on it. That was one of the beginnings of the end for him showing he had no idea what he was doing. Word is that many on the inside were at a loss for words when he suggested this.
      Jim68
    • It could be

      a way to get people to actually think Windows 8 is not a giant POS.

      Great hardware + Horrible OS = OK experience > Craptastic hardware + Horrible OS = I would rather pull my toenails out with pliers.

      OS X > Windows 8 days a week.

      I use Fusion to create another OS X copy so I can then put my companies VPN software on it so that only that VM is locked down to my companies network when connected from home, and my native copy of OS X is free to do what I want with it on my home network.

      Windows has all but outlived its usefulness. It is only NEEDED for specific industry tasks where the software needed for the task is only on Windows. Like PC's used on a assembly line or whatever. For consumers there is simply NO NEED for Windows anymore. You need to do something with software, it can be found on OS X and Linux.
      ctopher5669
  • Will VMware Fusion 6 be patched to work with OS X Yosemite....

    There are two major pieces of virtualisation software for Mac. One being VMware Fusion the other being Parallels Desktop.

    VMware Fusion 6 although designed to to coincide with the release of OS X Mavericks had the advantage in that VMware Fusion 5 continued to work without an upgrade.

    On the other hand Parallels Desktop 8 ran well on OS X Mountain Lion but upon the release of OS X Mavericks it all but stopped working creating a forced upgrade to Parallels Desktop 9.

    Whilst there is the VirtualBox option it does not offer full integration so for me at least it is not an option.

    I work with both VMware Fusion 6 and Parallels Desktop 9 as both have their strengths and weaknesses and if they are not patched to work with OS X Yosemite it looks as though I will be keeping OS X Mavericks as my primary production partition.

    OS X Mavericks (now 10.9.4) has developed in to a solid release.

    OS X Yosemite is a brilliant but controversial release. Brilliant as a Media Centre and the forward thinking Mac user. Controversial to many existing Mac users. I sit on the fence hence I shall be dual booting with OS X Mavericks.

    Currently I have the recently released OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 installed on a separate partition to OS X Mavericks.

    OS X Yosemite is set to appeal to a new generation of Mac users but as I have mentioned before it will be enormously controversial amongst existing Mac users as was seen before upon the release of OS X Leopard which looked radically different to OS X Tiger.

    Ironically the OS X Yosemite Dock resembles the one to be found on Tiger which was released back in 2005 (see below)
    http://toastytech.com/guis/osx14desktop.png

    Controversial or not much new OS X goodness is on the way.
    5735guy
    • Why is

      Yosemite controversial?????

      The day the final release is ready its going to be put on my Mac's.

      I can't wait for continuity!
      ctopher5669
      • I'm already running Beta 2 on my 2007 MBP

        Pretty much runs without issues, albeit somewhat more slowly, but since this is a 7 year old laptop with only 2GB of RAM, not too shabby. Interface looks cleaner, but my graphics processor will probably not support the prettier aspects of it. But it does run!
        thetwonkey