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Updated on: October 18, 2021

What is VMware Fusion ?

VMware Fusion - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software

VMware Fusion

Manage Workflows with Virtual Machines
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VMware Fusion software is a platform used to run Windows on Mac applications. Build and test apps with Agile and DevOps-oriented production pipelines. The software offers a secure platform to connect, launch, and manage both virtual machines (VMs) and physical hosts. IT professionals, Developers, Small and Medium companies make use of the software.

VMware Fusion Technical details

Support Online Customer Type Large Enterprises Medium Business Small Business
API Location / Phone Number Palo Alto, CA / +1 877-486-9273
Deployment SaaS/Web/Cloud Installed - Windows Installed - Mac Category Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software

VMware Fusion Pricing

Pricing ModelFree Trial , One-time license
VMware Fusion
$79.99 One-Time Payment

Features

  • Easily Switch from a PC to a Mac
  • Run your favorite Windows applications side by side with your Mac applications with ease
  • Ready for macOS Catalina and the latest releases of Windows 10
  • Faster 3D graphics with DirectX 10.1 Support
  • Use specific Windows-only devices on your Mac
  • Perfect complement to Boot Camp
  • 18 months e-mail support (in English) after registration
  • Upgrade Pricing eligibility with next major release
VMware Fusion Pro
$119.99 One-Time Payment

Features

  • Ready for macOS Catalina and the latest releases of Windows 10
  • Develop and Test software for any platform or cloud
  • Includes features of VMware Fusion plan, plus
  • Linked clones to save time and disk space
  • Create custom virtual networking configurations to simulate complex web or cloud environments
  • Connect to vSphere to run, download or upload virtual machines
  • Create restricted and encrypted virtual machines that can expire
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VMware Fusion Reviews

OVERALL RATING
4.4
Based on 174 Rating(s)
Rating Distribution
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Renee G
Renee GSource : g2crowd.com
(Reviewed on 09 October 2020) "Allows me to run other OSes from my macbook"

What do you like best?

Macbooks are fantastic devices in almost every area except price and software support, with VMware Fusion you can run almost any Windows or Linux program easily without needing to do a reboot, I need to use Visio for my work and sadly is a Windows only program so with Fusion I can run it without needing another laptop or needing to reboot my machine to run another OS

What do you dislike?

98% of the time everything works as expected, but 2% of the time it just won't work or do a different thing under a VM than if run natively. Since I do have another lapto with Windows installed I just switch devices if that happens, it is not often but the time it would take to fix the issue is probably a lot longer than just booting up and installing a software in another laptop

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have a macbook and need windows this is the best option so far

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Lately just running Windows 10 and using it to run Visio since I need to pass my network designs to a format that is more standarized accross industries

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Cooper G
Cooper GSource : g2crowd.com
(Reviewed on 01 September 2020) "Is a good tool to avoid having two laptops"

What do you like best?

It works as expected 97% of the time, with the exception of some Wireless Tools that some coworkers need and some drivers every other software worked exactly as expected. It can even run a separate network connection for every VM, really useful when the VM has intranet permissions but not the host machine. Good general support for everything to make it seamless to copy, paste, and transfer between host and VM and even between VMs.

What do you dislike?

It runs toasty even on a cool day if you have anything intensive on the machine and most important you can't use hardware acceleration for things that normally benefit from it, like BitLocker so if you have to protect the VM with BitLocker that means that is going to run on software and that is CPU intensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A good alternative to a second laptop most of the time

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Opening and using Windows Programs that are unavailable on MacOSX

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Samuel H
Samuel HSource : g2crowd.com
(Reviewed on 24 August 2020) "The best software for Virtual machines in MacOSX"

What do you like best?

It runs Windows, Linux, switches, routers, and WLCs without issues or extra config, as long as you know what you are doing it's really easy to follow through with the configuration and if you have VMs already configured importing them is really easy.

Another great thing is that you can set restore points in case you want to try something that you are not sure if it is going to work, restoring takes some minutes, but makes sure you aren't wasting your time.

What do you dislike?

It can get my Macbook really hot even when the only thing that I'm doing in the VM is idling like in the native OS, it sets the cores to run at higher speed all the time. I don't matter if that happens in a Desktop PC but that means that if not careful it can drain my battery really quickly while idling with a VM open, besides that I think Fusion is pretty much perfect for what it does.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you already have a Mac and need a VM software spend the price in Fusion, it's worth it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Installing, importing and running VMs of different OSes.

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Alana  D
Alana DSource : g2crowd.com
(Reviewed on 17 August 2020) "Best software for Virtual Machines in MacOSX"

What do you like best?

It can emulate network devices, windows and linux machines without issues as long as you have cpu, ram and storage available. It's especially good when dealing with interactions between devices when dedicated network cards are available for each Operating system available.

What do you dislike?

This might be a fault of the software itself or an intentional blocking of some hardware vendors, but there are some apps that aren't possible to run in a VM and the drivers won't run even when using a dedicated network card so a separate device is needed to access some applications

The cpu usage can get the computer quite hot, even when just idling in the VM.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's the best software to run VMs without thinking a lot about it, virtualbox is another good option and free but it takes more time to setup, so choose your tradeoff

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using software that I need to use and isn't available on MacOSX, and testing network device configurations.

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Emelie C
Emelie CSource : g2crowd.com
(Reviewed on 31 July 2020) "A must have for every MACOSX user"

What do you like best?

Not all things run on Mac sadly and from time to time I need to run Windows-only programs like Visio and while I do have the license and another pc to run it, it's just better to only use one pc for everything instead of overcomplicating it.

What do you dislike?

Some programs really don't like to work inside a virtual machine, no matter how hard I try there are some issues with things that use special drivers to work just does not run and some that run really slowly, but for the other 95% of the time it's just amazing software. And to be fair it also does not run on Virtual Box or any other VM container

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The best VM container in mac so far.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running Windows programs on my macbook pro

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Elijah W
Elijah WSource : g2crowd.com
(Reviewed on 07 October 2019) "Best Virtual environment to run any operating system over the MAC OS"

What do you like best?

Using VMware Fusion allows to install any operating systems on the Mac, Windows, Linux, EXSi, Server OS, etc. It gives all features like the real PC, ability to connect external devices to the virtual operating systems, run the applications, file transfer among the Virtual machines as well.

What do you dislike?

Licensing cost is a little bit high, other than all were good.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Anyone can easily use the VM ware Fusion over the MAC operating systems for run Windows and Linux operating systems.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Actually VM ware fusion helps to run the Windows and Linux operating systems over the MAC operating system. Also, I have run the exit platform and run Virtual servers like the real servers for testing purposes, its an ultimate feature I have experienced with Fusion,

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Sanjay P
Sanjay PSource : g2crowd.com
(Reviewed on 02 October 2019) "The best virtualization program for MacOSX"

What do you like best?

It's a great way to emulate Windows and Linux without using Bootcamp or partition the Hard Disk, which supports 95% of the features of a native operating system with minimum overhead making it a great option for emulating Windows and Linux software.

What do you dislike?

When dealing with firmware and drivers around 50% behaves slightly differently than in a native OS so it's not very useful when debugging issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

As far as I'm aware for MacOSX systems there is no better option for virtualization

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running software from other OSes that don't run or run suboptimally in MacOSX like publisher or gimp

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Timothy  A
Timothy ASource : g2crowd.com
(Reviewed on 07 September 2019) "Best Virtual Environment on MAC operating system"

What do you like best?

VMware fusion is the best option to run any operating system with the MAC operating system over virtual environments. Its ability to run Windows, Linux, Debian, EXSi operating systems as well.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, transfer files between local computer to a virtual machine and among the virtual machines, have to reinstall the VM tool again and again.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Easiest and best way to run another operating system with the MAC operating system.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using VMware fusion since 2012, it’s the best option to run another operating system over the MAC OS, actually my MAC does not supports for Apple new OS Mojave, anyway I have enough Physical memory then I have run the Mojave as a virtual OS. After installing VM tools it resolves all the problems like file transferring, USB connecting, display drivers etc.

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Jared D
Jared DSource : g2crowd.com
(Reviewed on 30 July 2019) "The best virtualization software for MacOSX"

What do you like best?

It runs really well Windows 7, 10 and Linux distros alike, it's possible to be running Linux, Windows, and MacOSX on your machine concurrently as long as your CPU and Memory can handle it.

What do you dislike?

While most programs run as good as in Windows usually peripherals that don't run in MacOSX won't run in the VM either needing to use a BootCamp or another machine to run them.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's almost a must-have for a MacOSX user unless you can run every application you need natively on MacOSX

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running Windows and Linux VMs from my MacBook.

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Yang F
Yang FSource : g2crowd.com
(Reviewed on 27 July 2019) "A necessity for business MacOSX users"

What do you like best?

It's really flexible, you can assign only 1GB of ram and 1 CPU for a VM or assign all the resources to a VM depending on the needs of that particular VM, with the right settings you can run 5 VMs without any problem as long as enough resources are available

What do you dislike?

License is not cheap, but let's be honest if you can afford a MacBook there is a really high chance you can afford the license price of Fusion

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need to run Windows every day and you have the budget to buy just do it. It's the most logical option.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running Windows and Linux VM, sometimes concurrently.

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