VMware Launches 'Fusion 5' Virtualization Software, Parallels 8 Coming September 4

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    VMware today announced the immediate availability of VMware Fusion 5, the latest version of the company's virtualization software that allows users to run Windows and other operating systems virtualized alongside their native OS X operating systems. Optimized for both OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8, Fusion 5 contains over 70 new features.
    Fusion 5 is priced at $49.99 for the standard version, with an enhanced Professional version available for $99.99. Users who purchased Fusion 4 on or after July 25 can receive a free upgrade to the new version.

    VMware's major competitor in the virtualization market is Parallels, which is also preparing to launch an updated version of its own software. Parallels has yet to share full details on its forthcoming Parallels 8, but does note that it will debut on September 4 and customers who purchase now will receive a free upgrade to the new version when it launches.

    Article Link: VMware Launches 'Fusion 5' Virtualization Software, Parallels 8 Coming September 4
  2. macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2010
    Funny to see the Internet Explorer icon in the dock. The price is reasonable too as far as I can judge from the new features.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2011
    Anyone else think that it is funny that the image skips Windows Vista?!?!
  5. macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2012
    far away from an Apple store
    What's Windows Vista?
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Ah, crap. I bought an update to Parallels 7 a couple of days ago, since v6 was apparently incompatible with Mountain Lion, so I'm thinking that probably means I won't get the upgrade to Parallels 8.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    Glad to see more retina-aware apps coming for Apple's new vision of the future, i.e. retina displays. Excellent work!
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    Fusion 5? Why would that call it that?! Clearly it's going to be Fusion 6!
  9. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    If you bought Parallels 7 on or after July 25th, you'll get a free update to Parallels 8.
  10. KdParker, Aug 23, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2012

    macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    which is cheaper and better fusion 5 or parallels 8?
  11. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    Fusion 4S. :D
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2011

    I liked the windows 8 preview. Can't wait to install it on my server.
  13. macrumors member


    Apr 2, 2011
    So does this mean we can finally assign more than 8GB ram to a VM?
  14. macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Would have to be super smooth to tease my monies away while I have Bootcamp. Though I do look forward to the day when I don't have to reboot for a good gaming experience.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2011
    This is the most awesome feature imo:


    You can finally create virtual networks!
  16. macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2008
    New York, NY
    For anyone that's used this before, how well does it run? I always wondered if you ran something like this all the programs would run a lot slower than they would on an actual PC machine.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2010
  18. Guest

    Jan 19, 2002
    VMWare needs a cheaper slimmed down version of Fusion for those of us who DON'T give a crap about all the Windows integration.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    May actually re-up on Parallels now that there is a release date inside of six months.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    So I can go out and buy Fusion 4 for cheaper (I'd imagine it'd go down in price?) and get a free upgrade?

    EDIT - Mainly just curious. Virtualbox has served my needs just fine to be honest.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2006
    Looks like there is no reduced upgrade price for Fusion 4 to Fusion 5. But there is a discounted upgrade for Fusion 4 to Fusion Pro 5 at £34/$50.

    From a quick look Fusion Pro 5 seems to have taken some of the features from Workstation. A better network editor and VMware Player for example.

    Not sure it's worth rushing to purchase it, VMware have done some cheap offers before when Parallels have released new versions.

    They've released Workstation 9 as well. Looks like they may have rushed these releases a bit as their website is all over the place at present - maybe there will be a reduced upgrade price and they just haven't added it yet.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Feb 3, 2010
    Canada Eh?
    VMware Fusion 4 could not handle partitions on a hard drive if you wanted a second drive. Just a whole disk and even that was a pain to do requiring some work in CLI. Hopefully version 5 of Fusion fixes this. I couldn't be bothered so I switched to Parallels 7 which has no such limitations.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2009
    I wish I was so lucky, my work is still on Windows Vista. I have to restart my computer twice a day just so I can do my job.

    I thought Fusion 4 was good but I only ever used it in the trail period. I haven't had much use for Windows since I graduated College.
  24. macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    I am a hardcore Windows Me kind of guy.
  25. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    I'm not sure how sustainable a business model it is for VMWare and Parallels to release minor updates for $49 every year. It would be nice if Fusion 5 and Parallels 8 were instead released as "4.2" and "7.1" at no charge for existing Fusion 4.1 and Parallels 7 owners. Upgrading an OS every year is one thing if it is going to be $20, but $49 is a bit much.

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