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

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.

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.

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.