VMware launches VMware Fusion 4; offers full Mac OS X Lion integration

VMware, Inc. today announced VMware Fusion 4, virtualization software for running Windows on a Mac. Available now at VMware.com for a promotional price of $49.99, VMware Fusion 4 makes it easier than ever for users to run Windows applications with Mac simplicity.

“Enhancements to VMware Fusion 4 make it a breeze to run Windows and Mac applications side by side on a Mac,” said Pat Lee, director, client product management, VMware, in the press release. “Offering full integration into Apple OS X Lion, VMware Fusion 4 builds on our proven, award winning platform to provide an easy, fast and reliable way to run Windows applications on a Mac.”

With more than 90 new features and now optimized for today’s multi-core Macs and OS X Lion, key features in VMware Fusion 4 include:

• Built for OS X LionVMware Fusion 4 is designed to provide the best Windows experience on OS X Lion. Add Windows programs to Launchpad, experience them in Mission Control, view them in full screen or switch between them using Mac gestures.
• Better Performance and Faster GraphicsVMware Fusion 4 has been engineered to run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side with speed and reliability. As a 64-bit Cocoa application, it is optimized for today’s multi-core Macs and delivers 3D graphics up to 2.5-times faster than previous versions of Fusion
• Even More “Mac-like” ExperienceVMware Fusion 4 enhances the way Windows programs run on a Mac. From the brand new settings menu to the redesigned virtual machine library and snapshot menu, users have even more Mac-like experiences when running Windows programs.
• Lion SquaredVMware Fusion 4 now supports OS X Lion in a virtual machine, allowing users to get more from their Mac by running OS X Lion, OS X Lion Server, Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server and Mac OS X Leopard Server in virtual machines.

Switching Made Easy
VMware Fusion 4‘s migration assistant for Windows makes it easier than ever for users to transfer their entire PC to a Mac, allowing them to make the most of their existing Windows software investment. With VMware Fusion 4 users can get the best of both worlds and have access to Windows programs and files from their PC directly on their Mac, whenever they need them.

VMware Fusion 4 is available until the end of the year for a promotional price of US$49.99. The suggested retail price for VMware Fusion 4 is $79.99. Customers who have purchased VMware Fusion 3 on or after July 20, 2011 are eligible for an electronic upgrade to VMware Fusion 4 at no additional cost. Learn more about the Fusion electronic upgrade program here.

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

More info here.

Source: VMware


  1. Does anyone know if VMware Fusion 4 addresses a huge problem: It saves all the Windows environment as ONE BIG FILE. So, when backing up with Time Machine for example, instead of an incremental backup of say, 50 megs for a session, I have to back up 70-80 GIGs EVERY time. That takes forever, and fills up a one terabyte drive quickly. Plus, any notion of online backup gets tossed out the door.
    In a pinch, you can access individual files in the VMware Windows file. But it takes some real work to do this. By contrast, my understanding is that Parallels saves each file and element in the Windows environment individually. I have not tried Parallels, so I am most interested in what your experience may be.

    I like Fusion, but for me, this is a potential reason to switch to Parallels.

    Any info on this would really help. Thank you!

    1. I had the same problem when I created a RAM disk for iPhoto. Any change would trigger the backup of the entire 20GB. So I gave up on the RAM disk.

      I suppose that you could exclude your VMware content from the backup. But you would then have to manually back it up.

  2. Parrallels sucks VMWare for the win. Like to many have stated, the Parallels virtual hard drives is the worst part of the software followed by the memory usage it just sucks. It simply will not release memory after being shut down. VMware is just more stable and that’s what we use for enterprise dept here in my office.

  3. Brian – that isn’t a problem with fusion, that’s a problem with how you’ve configured timemachine. You should put the virtual machine file on the “do not back up list” and then make sure to save all your files from your virtual machine on your Mac so they get backed up.

    1. Yes… Definitely do that. If you don’t, your Time Machine space gets chewed up real fast because every time you use your virtual machine hard drive, Time Machine will save off another multi-GB copy of it.

      Then, periodically back up your “Virtual Machines” folder manually, or by using some other type of syncing utility that does NOT keep archived copies of older versions (just the latest version). You can even back it up to the same external drive as Time Machine, if there is space.

  4. I use VMware Fusion because there was an advertised feature that let me create a Windows XP virtual machine from an existing Connectix Virtual PC virtual machine. It started out as a Windows ME installation that came with Virtual PC. It was upgraded to Windows XP using the standard Microsoft upgrade package while I still used it with Virtual PC (on a Power Mac G5). And then, I “imported” it into VMware Fusion at about the same time I got my Intel iMac.

    Maybe you can do that with Parallels Desktop, but it was not something that was clearly indicated back when I decided to buy Fusion instead. It seemed like I would have to pay for a new full retail Windows license.

  5. Great price! Buy Fusion 4 for $50. When you obtain the product key, you are eligible to purchase Parallels 6 for $30. That’s $80, or the full price of Parallels.

    In other words, you’re getting both at the price of one. Not that I know what to do with both, but it’s a deal.

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