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VMware Fusion 4 upgrades for OS X Lion, speed

updated 09:45 am EDT, Wed September 14, 2011

Enables Lion in virtual machines

VMware is shipping Fusion 4, the latest edition of its flagship Mac virtualization software. The app lets users run Windows software within OS X, rather than dual-boot. Essential to the new release is support for OS X Lion, including the ability to access Windows apps through Launchpad or Mission Control, or switch between them using gestures.

The Lion compatibility extends to running the OS in its own virtual machine, whether in the form of Lion Server or a client. Leopard Server and Snow Leopard Server can also be hosted. Fusion is meanwhile said to create a "more Mac-like experience" through a new settings menu, and an overhauled virtual machine library and snapshot menu.

Performance is another major focus. The program is a 64-bit Cocoa title, described as optimized for multi-core processors with 3D rendering running as much as 2.5 times faster than under Fusion 3.

VMware claims over 90 added features and improvements in general. The software is currently selling for $50 -- a price that will, however, jump to $80 in 2012. Anyone who has bought Fusion 3 since Lion launched on July 20th is eligible for a free upgrade.

by MacNN Staff





  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How dumb.

    Parallels is $29 for Fusion customers yet VMWare feels it is necessary to charge $49 for Fusion 3 customers who were patiently waiting for Lion support.

  1. occupant

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: How Dumb

    Even dumber would be expecting different treatment from Parallels. Their upgrade cost for existing customers is $49 too.

    Try VirtualBox. It's $0.00. And didn't take months to support Lion.

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sticking with v3

    Version 3.1.3 works fine in Lion. I certainly don't need Mission Control support nor am I interested in 3D graphics performance for that price. I don't trust any redesign without seeing it first at that price. Parallels supports Lion as a guest OS which is the one thing I would fine useful that doesn't seem to be mentioned with this Fusion release.

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does support Lion as guest

    It does support Lion as guest I found out digging deeper. I already found other solutions while waiting since July. I can continue to wait for a better deal than this.

  1. que_ball

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $40 if you use coupon code

    There is a coupon that takes 20% off your fusion purchase price.

    Saves $10. Only works once on your account. Subsequent purchase will not allow the discount.

  1. facebook_Colin

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Sep 2011


    Commitment to further upgrades?

    When VMWare 3 came out I preferred it over Parallels (I had both). But while Parallels worked hard to introduce several upgrades/updates, VMWare was seemingly doing nothing. Finally Parallels 6 turned my head and also VMWare’s commitment on the Mac market looks highly doubtful to me. I don’t see why I have to pay $50 (or even $40) to upgrade.

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