VMware Launches Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro With Windows 10, OS X El Capitan and Cortana Support

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VMware today launched Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, the latest versions of its virtualization software for running Windows on a Mac without rebooting. Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro include full support for Windows 10, OS X El Capitan and the latest Retina Macs, in addition to always-on access to Microsoft Cortana.


Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro support DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 for up to 65% faster graphics, alongside compatibility with USB 3.0 and multiple monitors with different DPIs. The virtual machine platform also delivers full 64-bit support with up to 16 vCPUs, 64GB RAM and an 8TB hard drive for a single virtual machine.

Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro are optimized for the latest Macs, including the iMac with Retina 5K Display and 12-inch MacBook. DirectX 10 support enables Mac users to run Windows virtual machines with native resolution on a 5K display, with USB-C support and Force Touch pass-through also in tow for the latest MacBooks.

Fusion 8 Pro has additional advanced features and improvements, including the ability to connect to VMware vCloud Air, IPv6 support for both bridged networks and IPv6-to-IPv4 Network Address Translation (NAT), improved integration with VMware vSphere and support for several new Linux distributions and other operating systems.


Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro are available today for $79.99 and $199.99 respectively through the VMware Online Store, while existing Fusion 6 or 7 customers can upgrade to Fusion 8 for $49.99 or Fusion 8 Pro for $119.99.

Parallels Desktop for Mac users also receive 40% off Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro.

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satcomer

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If you install Windows 10, even if in Fusion or any VM, make sure you go to Network part of the Control Panel and go to Advanced settings and turn off sharing updates accross the Internet. If you don't do that little change then you could hit your Internet bandwidth limit that most ISPs have now.

Microsoft wants to make you Internet connect part of a Torrent sharing botnet! You have to Opt-Out the Network panel settings.
 
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Gymgenius

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If you install Windows 10, even if in Fusion or any VM, make sure you go i to Network part of the Control Panel and go to Advanced settings and tuen off sharing updates accross the Internet. If you don't do that little change then you could hit your Internet bandwidth limit that most ISPs have now.

Microsoft wants to make you Knternet connect part of a Torrent sharing botnet! You have to Opt-Out the Network panel settings.
I've opted out of Windows completely. I wish my company would do the same.
 

iMestr

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If you install Windows 10, even if in Fusion or any VM, make sure you go i to Network part of the Control Panel and go to Advanced settings and tuen off sharing updates accross the Internet. If you don't do that little change then you could hit your Internet bandwidth limit that most ISPs have now.

Microsoft wants to make you Knternet connect part of a Torrent sharing botnet! You have to Opt-Out the Network panel settings.
Wait what, its 2015 and some ISPs still have bandwidth limit, i thought that was only on mobile networks :|
 
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Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro include full support for Windows 10, OS X El Capitan and the latest Retina Macs, in addition to always-on access to Microsoft Cortana
It's amazing that Apple has had Speakable Items for 22 years—and eventually allowed it to carry out actions after saying a keyword—but Windows is the closest thing to a hands-free assistant we can get for OS X.

For those interested in integrating voice commands with dictation, Apple does provide this feature, but you have to enable it yourself.

I'm just waiting to be able to say, "Spotlight, find images that have transparency, are under 200kb, and were made in the past 24 hours."
 

chucker23n1

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In other words, just bug fixes really.
Nah. Aside from updated OS support, there's DirectX 10, OpenGL 3.3, faster Suspend/Resume for encrypted VMs, IPv6 NAT support, more advanced screen resolution settings, remote VM creation (and some other less interesting things).
 

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I'm getting a bit annoyed with VMware and Parallels using the yearly OS X release cycle as an excuse to push very expensive updates witch are marginally better. But hey, it's mostly companies who buy these things with enough cash to burn. They're definitely making good use of that.
 
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yoz-y

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What is better, Fusion 8 or Parallels 11?
We'll probably have to wait for some tests to know. I've personally only used Fusion 4 and Parallels 10 (so there is a generation gap) and I prefer Parallels.
 

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I'm using Fusion 7 and the price for the update (rather minor update, really) is ridiculous. If it was 10 or 20 bucks, I'd think about it, but 50 bucks (more than half of the original price) is just a joke. Parallels seems to have the exact same pricing (which is kind of fishy).
 

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I hope this fixes the activation issues I've been having in Windows 10. I had 2 properly licenced Windows 8 VMs which I upgraded to Windows 10, and then did clean installs in - all worked fine and they were activated, but a couple of weeks later they are now both deactivated. Going through MS's activation nonsense reactivates them, for a few days.

I switched from Parallels to VMware because Parallels refused to support Yosemite properly without paying for an expensive license. If it continues I'm just going to go back to virtual box.
 
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mattopotamus

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If you install Windows 10, even if in Fusion or any VM, make sure you go i to Network part of the Control Panel and go to Advanced settings and tuen off sharing updates accross the Internet. If you don't do that little change then you could hit your Internet bandwidth limit that most ISPs have now.

Microsoft wants to make you Knternet connect part of a Torrent sharing botnet! You have to Opt-Out the Network panel settings.
Do most actually enforce it? I have uverse and since they provide no way for the user to track their usage they do not enforce it.
 

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If you install Windows 10, even if in Fusion or any VM, make sure you go i to Network part of the Control Panel and go to Advanced settings and tuen off sharing updates accross the Internet. If you don't do that little change then you could hit your Internet bandwidth limit that most ISPs have now.

Microsoft wants to make you Knternet connect part of a Torrent sharing botnet! You have to Opt-Out the Network panel settings.
Can confirm this is true...Here is a screen shot from the Windows 10 settings screen satcomer is referencing..

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 8.40.13 AM.png
 

NazgulRR

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Do any of these apps (Parallels, Fusion or Virtual Box) allow you to upgrade an existing installation of Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 using the Microsoft upgrade process? Can anyone confirm from their own experience?

The .VDMK image of Windows 8.1 I've got and boot directly into does not allow that. The installation fails saying that Windows cannot upgraded when installed into image.
 
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Brian Y

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Do any of these apps (Parallels, Fusion or Virtual Box) allow you to upgrade an existing installation of Windows 8.1 to Windows 10? Can anyone confirm from their own experience?

The .VDMK image of Windows 8.1 I've got and boot directly into does not allow that. The installation fails saying that Windows cannot upgraded when installed into image.
I upgraded my Windows 8 ones in VMware Fusion, it worked but I'm now having activation issues.
 

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Do any of these apps (Parallels, Fusion or Virtual Box) allow you to upgrade an existing installation of Windows 8.1 to Windows 10? Can anyone confirm from their own experience?

The .VDMK image of Windows 8.1 I've got and boot directly into does not allow that. The installation fails saying that Windows cannot upgraded when installed into image.
I upgraded my Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 in VMware Fusion 7 and it worked just fine (and no activation issues either).
 
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