VMware Fusion 5 for MAC OS X

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VMware Fusion 5 for MAC OS X

VMware Fusion 5 for MAC OS X

  • Easily switch from a PC to a Mac
  • Run your favorite Windows programs on your Mac
  • Designed for OS X Mountain Lion and the latest Macs
  • English Only Version

VMware Fusion 5 is recommended for users who are looking for the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to run Windows programs on a Mac. With more than 70 new features, VMware Fusion 5 is optimized for OS X Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience.

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  1. 33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    More of an Update Than an Upgrade, September 27, 2012
    By 
    Jon Kreisler (New York City, NY USA) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    This review is from: VMware Fusion 5 for MAC OS X (CD-ROM)
    Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)

    If you have never used VMware Fusion 4, you may prefer to obtain version 5. If however you have been running VMware Fusion 4 for Mac OS X, I strongly suggest you try running it with the latest versions of Mac OS X (Lion, Mountain Lion – 10.7, 10.8). If it works for you, there is no pressing issue to upgrade to v5. VMware Fusion 5 boasts of improved compatibility with Lion and Mountain Lion and it automatically recognizes more versions of Windows (Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012), but not much more. To me, that is an update. It should have been a newer version of v4.
    Don’t get me wrong, v5 works well. To me, it is just not enough of an upgrade to warrant a new major version number. A new version should boast a bevy of new features.
    VMware Fusion is a great OS emulator for the Mac. It still does not recognize all Windows versions (Windows Home Server 2011 is probably the most obvious omission.) It also does not support Mac OS workstation versions earlier than Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion).
    It is a well put-together product, but, you really need to decide if it is worth the cost of an upgrade. VMware Fusion 4 is still quite capable of running well; v5 just makes things a bit easier if you want to run a newer version of Windows.
    VMware Fusion 5 for MAC OS X comes with a disc and a 1 GB USB flash drive. Both media types contain the installer, however, you will save some time if you just go to the website (VMWARE dot com) and download the latest version. There is already a newer version available than inside the package. You will still need the license key from inside the box, however, to install and to register for support.

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  2. 20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    As usual, works great, but I still found Parallels edges it out…, October 31, 2012
    By 
    John S. Dean “John” (Sturtevant, WI United States) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)
      
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: VMware Fusion 5 for MAC OS X (CD-ROM)
    Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)

    I’ve been using each version of VMWare and Parallels for about 3.5 years now, ever since I got my first Macbook Pro back in 2009. I’m on my fourth Macbook now, and still using them. Which one I use doesn’t even really depend much on features, since they both seem to parallel each other (no pun intended) very closely with each new version. Sometimes I’ve been on VMWare, and then switched to Parallels. I’ve done the switch back as well. Usually it’s a pricing issue. VMware seems to have a habit of not giving a good price break for existing owners to upgrade to the current version. There’s a long thread on one of their forums from the bump to V4 where everyone was trying to get a break, especially those of us who bought it just a few months prior to the release of the new version. Parallels was offering a much better price to go to their new version as a competitive upgrade, which was the reason I jumped from one to the other at that point.

    Historically, my systems always seemed to run better on VMWare. It always seemed just a little faster than Parallels. So I was interested when this came up on the Vine program as an option, as I am using the current Parallels, and wanted to do a direct comparison. So here’s what I found.

    Now, this is all running on a new 2012 Retina Macbook Pro with a quad core i7 at 2.3GHz with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD drive. I have a Windows 7 Ultimate VM, so what I did was copy that to my desktop on my mac, so I could import that into VMWare Fusion. I then removed all the Parallel tools from it, installed the VMWare tools. Activated it again, and I now have the EXACT same install of Windows 7 running on both virtual platforms. Both on the EXACT same hardware. Makes it really easy to do a 1 to 1 comparison.

    For VMware, the first plus is that it shipped with a USB stick (1gb) AND the optical disc – this is great for those of us with systems that don’t have optical drives.

    The first minus – some help content missing and others inconsistent. During setup and configuration, some pages have a “?” there for more info about the options and what they mean, and when clicked, it just said “help not present for this”. Three other times I tried the exact same question mark to find out more info, and it worked the third, but not the second or the fourth. Very odd, but hardly a showstopper as I’m a techie, and we’re not allowed to use help pages or read manuals. ;)

    After the initial migration and boot, the VMWare Windows 7 virtual machine went absolutely bananas for about three minutes – mouse going everywhere in the VM on it’s own, randomly clicking things and opening and closing things. Finally it stopped and I was able to get in there to actually remove the old parallels tools and install the vmware tools. So if you do a migration, and this happens, just sit back and let it settle down.

    Immediately I was far less impressed with graphics performance in vmware – resizing the Windows desktop is a completely different experience compared to the current version of Parallels – jumpy, skippy, blackout during the middle part of it, compared to simply a smooth resize with Parallels as it’s dragged to a larger or smaller size, and the quick black screen only after you’re done resizing and it finalizes the new resolution. You can easily see the desktop as it resizes in Parallels, but VMware just was too skippy.

    It is also a 50% longer load time for my windows 7 VM using VMWare compared to Parallels – over 12 seconds to get to login screen with Vmware, under 8 seconds to get to login screen with Parallels. Counting both from when I double click the app to launch it.

    Immediately after all was running, I got a prompt to upgrade to VMWare 5.0.1 when launching “for real” the first time. It promptly downloaded automatically for me, updated itself, and relaunched with no issues. But even after the update it’s 50% slower to boot.

    I ran the Windows performance rating while windowed, with a few normal things like Safari and Mac’s mail program open, but none of them as the active window, just idling in the background. With VMWare it shows a base score of 6.0, which is the lowest speed, from both graphics and gaming graphics. Processor was 7.4, RAM was 7.9 and disk was 7.9. On Parallels, on the other hand, improves some and lessens others. Graphics for Parallels went up, from 6.0 in VMWare to 6.9 in Parallels, giving me a higher base score. However, Processor stayed the same at 7.4 and RAM stayed the same at 7.9 but Hard Disk dropped from 7.9 down to 7.5 – so overall Parallels was still the higher score. I reran the tests again and the numbers were consistent through both. These were both ran on the same hardware, one after the other, with the same background apps idling. Both VM’s are configured for 4 CPU cores and 4GB of RAM (so I’m not running them concurrently obviously). During the…

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  3. 16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Might be faster, but less stable than previous version. WAIT FOR FIXES before upgrading, September 17, 2012
    By 
    B. Johnson (Seattle , WA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: VMware Fusion 5 for MAC OS X (CD-ROM)

    I upgraded to version 5 a few weeks ago. As of version 5.01, it is not as stable as the previous version 4.x and I was forced to downgrade. Fortunately older versions are available on their support site. I recommend taking a pass on this upgrade unless you need more speed in 3d applications, and even then you should wait until the code stabilizes.

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