VMware Debuts Fusion 5 for Mac, Windows 8
Fusion 5 and Fusion 5 Professional from VMware are optimized for the latest Mac computers and Microsoft's Windows 8 OS.Virtualization and cloud infrastructure specialist VMware announced the release of two editions of its latest iteration of its Fusion application delivery platform, Fusion 5 and Fusion 5 Professional. The platform has been revamped to take advantage of new technologies only available in Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs, and both versions are available for download and purchase from via the company's website for $49.99 and $99.99 respectively. The company noted customers who have purchased Fusion 4 on or after July 25 are eligible for an electronic upgrade to Fusion 5 at no additional cost. The latest version of Fusion 5 allows businesses to run Windows on Apple's Mountain Lion operating system and search Windows programs in Launchpad, use "AirPlay Mirroring" to stream Mac and Windows applications on an HDTV and get Fusion notifications in Mountain Lion's notification center. The platform also supports Windows 8 standard, pro and enterprise editions, which allows IT departments to optimize the new Windows 8 Metro environment directly on a Mac.
In addition, Fusion 5 boasts an updated virtual machine library that enables seamless transitions between multiple operating systems, one click snapshots with improved graphical appearance, a graphics driver for Linux 3D desktops, and an embedded learning center, as well as enhanced Mac support like high resolution retina display optimization, USB 3.0 connectivity and improved support for large memory Macs.