VMware Launches Fusion 6 Virtual Desktop for Mac with Mavericks Support, Windows Store App Integration
VMware regularly upgrades its Fusion virtual desktop client to support major new operating systems, and it’s keeping up that tradition with today’s release of Fusion 6. The new Mac app is optimized for OS X Mavericks’ most important features, including a reworked full-screen mode that plays nicely with multiple displays. The software is equally ready for Windows 8.1 virtual machines, and lets users place shortcuts for Windows Store apps in a Mac’s Applications folder or the Dock. There’s also fine-tuning for Haswell-based Macs, a simplified setup assistant and support for virtual machines with up to 16 processors and 64GB of RAM. Fusion 6 Professional users get a few business-friendly upgrades, such expiring virtual machines and cloned machines that link back to master copies.
Both variants of Fusion 6 are available today, although pricing has increased significantly since Fusion 5. It now costs $60 for a stand-alone purchase of Fusion 6, and $130 for its Professional edition. Anyone who buys Fusion 5 between August 1st and September 30th can get the newer version for free, but they’ll otherwise have to pay either $50 (for a standard copy) or $70 (for Professional) to stay on the cutting edge.