VMware’s Desktop Virtualization for Mac codenamed ‘Fusion’

VMware Fusion for Mac has reached build 33141 and is currently in beta.

VMware Fusion for Mac is a desktop application that lets you create and run virtual machines on your Intel-based Mac. VMware’s first product for the new Intel Macs lets users take advantage of the security, flexibility, and portability of virtual machines. Fusion provides an intuitive user interface for creating virtual machines, and for running preconfigured virtual machines created with VMware Workstation, VMware Server, and ESX Server. With Fusion, you can run Windows applications on your Intel-powered Mac. You can also download virtual machines from the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) Website, which has a growing library of virtual appliances with a wide range of pre-installed and preconfigured applications and operating systems.

Features of VMware Fusion:
• Fusion supports all Intel Mac hardware, including the new 64-bit Mac Pro and iMac.
• Your virtual machines can have multiple virtual processors, taking advantage of the Intel Core Duo chips in today’s newest Intel Macs.
• Fusion supports high-speed USB 2.0 for a huge range of devices. Even devices that do not have drivers for Mac OS X will work in a virtual machine.
• Simply drag and drop files and folders in and out of your virtual machines to transfer your data.

More info here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “dave” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
VMWare announces signup to try out VMware Virtualization for Mac OS X – August 07, 2006
VMWare for Mac to debut August 7 – August 04, 2006
VMware VP: ‘we have VMware running on Mac OS X in our labs – stay tuned’ – June 22, 2006
VMware plans Mac version of virtualization software – April 09, 2006


  1. I don’t want to leave the comfort, security and reliability of Mac OS X!

    Just let me run anything in it’s own OS X window.

    If I download a Windows.exe and double click on it, it should just open a new window and run. (in a sandbox of course)

    If I download a Linux or any other OS app, it should just do the same.

  2. I’m looking forward to the day when my nice shiny new iMac 36″ Widescreen CoreQuad with Blu-Ray can run all of the computers I need virtually:

    Mac OS X
    Mac OS 9
    Mac OS 6
    Apple II/II+/IIe

    and of course my trusty Sinclair ZX80/81/TS1000

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  3. What I really want, and it would require Apple to do this, is the ability to run any number of instances of OS X on a single host, and to do the same trick that VMWare can do with Linux of moving a running instance of a VM from one physical host to another without having to restart it.

    I couldn’t care less about windows; I want a completely virtualized OS X!


  4. John C. Randolph,

    That would be sweet but I don’t think we’ll ever see the day where you can run multiple instances of OS X. Because if you can run OS X in a virtual machine on OS X, there’s no stopping you from doing the same on a Linux box or a Windows box.

    We can only wish and hope Apple comes to its senses one day.

  5. Aldebaran, that is NOT running multiple instances of OSX! You’re describing running multiple *users*.

    John’s talking about running, say, OS 10.4.8 on the system itself while running 10.5 Leopard in a virtual machine to make sure his existing apps don’t break.

  6. Sorry to be a downner, but I feel obligated to inject a little reality into this story. I registered for the Vmware for Mac “beta” a couple months ago. I was supposed to be notified when the “beta” was available for download. You’re saying in this article this “Fusion” version is the beta, but that cannot be true. If so, where can I download it? It must be some sort of alpha, or more likely vaporware. How can I evaluate and test all these fantastic features that you proclaim? If this is such a fantastic product, with all these fantastic features (and screenshots) why not release it to “beta” testers as you promised at Macworld months ago?

    Please stop being the conduit/fanboy for Vmware’s transparent marketing. As soon as we can download it, there will be a REAL beta. Until then, save the bandwith for legitimate stories. Why give VMware free advertising? Charge them.

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