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VMware releases Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro
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VMware releases Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro 

The company says that these two are optimized for the latest Mac hardware and software with state-of-the-art features for developers and Macs in businesses.

“According to a recent Gartner report, Windows accounts for over 95 per cent of operating systems worldwide, so we believe many users will likely still need support for Windows applications after moving to a Mac ,” said Nicolas Rochard, director of product marketing, end-user computing, VMware, in a press release. “As the popularity of Macs continues to climb, Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro are a strong complement to help users bridge the operating system divide when switching from Windows PCs to Mac laptops and desktops.”

Fusion 7
VMware says Fusion 7 is the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting and recommends it for Mac users who want to continue using critical Windows applications.

Updates
Fusion 7 adopts OS X Yosemite’s translucent windows, streamlined toolbars and simplified Dock icon. In addition, it leverages its control features for a consistent operating system.

With the enhanced graphics, users can create virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 8 TB virtual disks and up to 64 GB of memory for more demanding applications. Fusion 7 offers a graphics-intensive applications boost by allocating up to 2 GB of video memory.

Fusion 7 is optimized for Intel Core i5, i7 and Xeon E5 processors and delivers up to 43 percent improvements in multimedia, encryption and decryption. Fusion 7 increases the energy outcome impact on Macs and users can do more on a single charge. Enhancements in App Nap support and reduction in Idle Wake Ups paves way for an energy impact reduction of up to 42 percent compared to Fusion 6.

Fusion 7 Pro
Professionals can run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting and Fusion 7 Pro provides virtualization on the Mac.

Fusion 7 Pro is designed for OS X Yosemite and fully supports Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 R2. Fusion 7 Pro supports Ubuntu 14.04, RHEL 7, CentOS 7, Fedora 20, Debian 8 for organizations that use Linux distribution.

Users can extend and scale virtual machines to a private cloud with VMware vSphere or VMware Workstation and can connect to hosted virtual machines, run, upload or download virtual machines within Fusion 7 Pro.

Users can select specific GPU for 3-D applications for MacBook Pros with a discrete GPU and integrated GPU. Video conference is possible in Macs with an iSight camera. The Fusion Pro Virtual Machine Library’s power state indicator enables monitoring and can shut down virtual machines not in use for enhanced overall performance and also enables application-level, user-configurable shortcuts to switch to a specific virtual machine.

Availability and Pricing
A free trial download is available at the VMware Fusion trial page. Both Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro are available immediately from vmware.com and are priced US$69.99 and US$149.99 respectively. The latter is also available from VMware partners and distributors.

Upgrade availability
For uses of VMware Fusion 6 or VMware Fusion 6 Professional, an electronic upgrade to either is available at no additional cost between Aug. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2014. VMware Fusion 5 and 6 users can upgrade to VMware Fusion 7 for US$49.99 and to VMware Fusion 7 Pro for US$79.99.

Language availability
VMware Fusion is available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Japanese.

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