/>
X

VMware launches Fusion 4, Workstation 8

VMware's Fusion software, which is used to run Windows on a Mac, is in a dogfight with Parallels, which recently rolled out its Desktop 7 software.
larry-dignan-eic.jpg
Written by Larry Dignan on

VMware on Wednesday launched its Fusion 4 software optimized for Apple's Mac OS X Lion.

The company's Fusion software, which is used to run Windows on a Mac, is in a dogfight with Parallels, which recently rolled out its Desktop 7 software.

VMware said that it added 90 features to Fusion 4, which comes via a USB key and has a promotional price of $49.99 before jumping to $79.99. Along with Fusion 4, VMware also launched the latest WorkStation software.

Pat Lee, director of end user computing clients at VMware, said the company's aim was to "run Windows apps like Mac ones" and use LaunchPad "to launch either one." VMware said it would love to deliver Fusion 4 via Apple's Mac App Store, but for now a USB key is the only way to install it.

Among the key points on Fusion 4:

  • The software is optimized for OS X Lion and allows Windows applications to appear in Launchpad as well as Mission Control.
  • Fusion 4 is faster than its previous version.
  • There's a more Mac-like experience throughout.

Separately, VMware rolled out Workstation 8, which allows companies and developers to upload virtual machines to vSphere. Workstation 8 adds 50 features and supports remote connections, shared virtual machines and drag and drop capabilities.

Related

A United Airlines pilot made a big speech to passengers. Not everyone will love it
screen-shot-2022-08-09-at-9-39-33-am.png

A United Airlines pilot made a big speech to passengers. Not everyone will love it

Business
Dear American Airlines customers, your pilot today is a United Airlines trainee
gettyimages-1155904758-american-airlines-dreamliner2.jpg

Dear American Airlines customers, your pilot today is a United Airlines trainee

Business
An Apple employee told me the truth about the M2 MacBook Air (that was the problem)
screen-shot-2022-08-09-at-4-14-46-pm.png

An Apple employee told me the truth about the M2 MacBook Air (that was the problem)

Apple