∞ VMware Fusion 4 adds more than 90 new features

VMware on Wednesday released Fusion 4, the company’s virtualization software, allowing users to run other operating systems on their Macs.

Fusion 4 is a 64-bit Cocoa application, built with Apple’s new OS X Lion in mind. You can add Windows applications to LaunchPad, experience them in Mission Control, view them in full screen or switch between them using Mac gestures.

VMware said Fusion is also optimized for today’s multi-core Macs and delivers 3D graphics up to 2.5-times faster than previous versions.

Fusion 4 now supports OS X Lion in a virtual machine, so you can run OS X Lion, OS X Lion Server, Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server and Mac OS X Leopard Server in virtual machines.

Pat Lee, director of client product management at VMware, pointed out in an interview with The Loop that having the ability to run OS X in Fusion is a great way to test Mac apps, or different setups, without affecting your working machine.

“A big part of Fusion users are switchers that want to run the apps that they still need,” said Lee. “We want to make that easy.”

VMware Fusion 4 is available until the end of the year for $49.99. Customers who have purchased Fusion 3 on or after the July 20, 2011 are eligible for an electronic upgrade to Fusion 4 at no additional cost.

Fusion will not be available from the Mac App Store, but can be purchased from VMware.

  • Anonymous

    While it is nice to see a new upgrade to Fusion, I will say that I finally got tired of Fusion’s slow performance and delays on my 4GB MBP. Trying to optimize it was just a nightmare. Yesterday, I picked up Parallels 7 and could not be happier. Wow, it blazes circles around Fusion. I wish the best for Fusion users, but knowing how VMWare is moving more towards Enterprise, it does not surprise me that they haven’t done much in the past few years with Fusion.

    • Quite the opposite opinion from me. While Parallels has had the benchmarks on its side for the past couple versions, I have found VMware rock solid. It has been less buggy and easier to use than Parallels. Also, Parallels upgrade cycle is too fast between paid upgrades. While it’s nice to have regular updates, you are paying a lot more for Parallels than VMware if you want the latest and greatest.

      I’ve also got a beef with the way Parallels handled a situation in the past. They shafted us on an upgrade and we went round and round with their support people. After that, we made up our mind that it was VMware the next time we had to upgrade. Looks like that time is now.

      • Anonymous

        I can’t comment much on Parallels yet as to some of your points since I’m just starting to use it now. And I do agree with you that Fusion is a very solid stable product — I’ve rarely experienced any buggy issues. However, the performance running Win7 VM on my MBP with 4GB RAM was not very good. In fact, I usually had to reboot just to optimize how it runs. And even running a few OSX apps like Safari would bog it down. I’ve spoken with Fusion support a number of times, but never able to get it going solidly. The best solution I found from folks who use it successfully was to bump up to 8GB RAM.

        So I decided that the only thing to me that really mattered was speed and performance. Hopefully, Parallels is not too buggy, but I’m willing to sacrifice some stability to be more productive. And so far, I am quite happy!