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VMware Fusion 4 Released as the Second Product to Offer Lion Virtualization

Today, VMware released VMware Fusion 4 for Mac. The biggest new features are full support and integration with Mac OS X Lion, performance and graphics optimizations, and Lion virtualization. In order to achieve these new features and performance, VMware Fusion 4 is now a 64-bit Cocoa application.

VMware Fusion 4.0 is also being sold at a promotional price of $49.99 through the end of the year. After the promotional period, the price will return to $79.99.

The main features as quoted from VMware’s press release are:

  • Built for OS X Lion –VMware 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 Graphics – VMware Fusion 4 has been engineered to run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side with incredible 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” Experience – VMware 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 Squared – VMware 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.

Additional details of VMware Fusion 4 are available from the VMware Fusion blog although it simply adds screenshots to the list of features. I am a little disappointed in VMware for not having a trial version. Parallels does have a trial version and that makes a big difference for many potential customers. Perhaps VMware will rectify this in the coming weeks.

I will be doing some comparisons in the coming weeks of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac and VMware Fusion 4. Last week’s release of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac was the first Mac virtualization product to offer Lion virtualization and now VMware Fusion 4 is the second. We’re still waiting on support in VirtualBox but it does not seem to be a priority for Oracle’s VirtualBox team.

You can support this site by purchasing VMware Fusion 4 for immediate download for $49.99.

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