VMware has released new versions of its desktop virtualization products for Macs, Windows PCs, and Linux that include support for Windows 10, an enhanced graphics engine and new features to improve performance.
The company's consumer-focused Fusion 8 now allows users to access Windows 10 and features such as Cortana and the Edge web browser. The update also supports Apple's OS X El Capitan and 5K Retina displays on Macs.
The enterprise-focused Fusion 8 Pro adds additional features tailored to IT professionals and power users, such as support for IPv6, which allows developers to test cloud architectures and designs before officially rolling them out across an enterprise.
As for the Workstation lines, keep in mind that Workstation has been renamed to Workstation Pro, while Player Pro is now referred to as Workstation Player. Like Fusion Pro, Workstation Pro is the more powerful option targeted toward developers and software engineers, while Workstation Player is designed for testing and deploying more basic virtualization throughout an enterprise.
For users virtualizing Windows, Workstation Pro also supports note-taking capabilities with the Edge browser as well as touch controls.
All of the updated products include support for DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3. In addition, both the Fusion and the Workstation lines include support for up to 16 virtual CPUs, 64GB of RAM and 2GB of video RAM for each virtual machine.
VMware's release comes just a month after the launch of Windows 10 and perhaps more conveniently, just one week after VMware competitor Parallels upgraded its own desktop virtualization software for Macs.
VMware is now courting current Parallels users with incentives. Parallels customers who switch to Fusion will receive a 40 percent discount off the purchase price of a new version of either Fusion 8 or Fusion 8 Pro.
Additionally, VMware Workstation 12 Pro customers are eligible to receive $600 in vCloud Air service credit to use for up to 6 months.