VMware has announced VMware Fusion 5, a new version of the company’s popular virtualization software that has been optimized for the latest technologies in OS X Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs from Apple.
VMware Fusion 5 brings more than 70 new features “for a Windows on Mac experience never seen before,” says the company
The software has been downright “designed for Mountain Lion” according to the software company, making Windows apps appear in the OS X Launchpad, enabling “AirPlay Mirroring” to stream Mac and Windows applications on an HDTV, and even integrating Mountain Lion’s Notification Center with Windows.
The program further includes optimizations for running Windows 8 Standard, Pro and Enterprise editions, “so consumers can optimize the new Windows 8 ‘Metro’ environment directly on a Mac.”
Back to OS X, VMware Fusion 5 features support for the latest technologies in Mountain Lion, as well as Retina display optimization, USB 3 connectivity, and improved support for Macs that are teeming with memory.
Fusion itself has gotten some performance enhancements to become up to 40% faster with improved power management for longer battery life and faster 3D graphics.
There’s an updated virtual machine library that enables seamless transitions between multiple OSes, and snapshots have been improved from a graphical standpoint.
“While the number of users adopting Macs continue to rise, the business environment is still dominated by Windows,” said Jason Joel, director, personal products, VMware.
“VMware Fusion 5 and Fusion 5 Professional build upon our award-winning platform, adding new capabilities that are in demand among both individual and professional users.”
“Leveraging our experience with consumer and enterprise end-users, we believe this new version of the product is the best solution on the market for users who want to run Windows on Mac simultaneously,” added Joel.
VMware Fusion 5 and VMware Fusion 5 Professional are now available for $49.99 / €39.99 and $99.99 / €79.99, respectively. VMware Fusion 4 license holders are eligible for a free upgrade.
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