Seamlessly run Windows, Linux and other PC operating systems on your Intel-based Mac.
Seamlessly run Windows applications alongside Mac applications with the Unity features in VMware Fusion ($79.99). Find and launch Windows applications quickly with the VMware Fusion launcher. Switch between Windows and Mac applications quickly with ExposÃ©. Minimize Windows applications to the Mac OS X Dock.
Considering that I am not a big user of Windows on a Mac at all I have tried a pretty good selection of the options available: Crossover I really liked, but was frustrated with the limited applications available at the time, Parallels I was OK with and Sands still uses on her iMac but I found too frustrating having either the full screen option or a small unmanageable window (Sands only uses it once a month at most to check some old account files). I also struggled somewhat with the file structure as it wasn’t really that well integrated. Bootcamp I have never had any interest in as I have no desire to start my Mac up in anything other than OS X!
I think I first read about VMware Fusion over on Paul’s site and he gives a very good account of it there. I subsequently read a great comparison over on Crave’s site that I wont trouble repeating – but I will give the end away ………… “Fusion proves to be a faster performing platform than Parallels. Additionally, in our anecdotal hands-on testing we found Fusion to be somewhat more stable than Parallels”
Thoughts & Impressions
First up, this is very very easy to install and set up. After you have downloaded it and run it you are asked to put the OS disc in that you require, and it gives you the option to enter the relevant license details (XP) and off you go. Once installed you are offered a screen which allows you to determine which OS you want run:
Next up one of the great features – if when you closed down your previous session you chose to suspend it then the speed with which it powers up is very impressive:
Next the two features that really impressed me, the ability to access the files on the OS X structure i.e. it shares the file that you already have which makes it very very useful, and second the ability to move, resize and generally treat the window as if it was regular OS X window.
It is a while since I looked at Parallels and the version I have is pretty old so I don’t know if these are options in the latest version, but this isn’t a comparative review so I will happily leave that for people to work out for themselves.
What I can confirm is that I find using Fusion a totally seamless process in terms of speed, integration with OS X, files and printers, so overall I am very happy with it indeed. And as that is what they say it is meant to do it has to be said that this is an excellent application.
What They Say
Bring Unity to Windows and Mac OS X
Say goodbye to the Start menu and Taskbar and run Windows applications directly from the Dock. Minimize Windows applications to the Dock, switch between Windows or Mac applications with ExposÃ©, find and instantly launch any Windows application, drag and drop files between Windows and the Mac, and use familiar Mac keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste between Windows and Mac applications.
Run Windows on your Macâ€”no reboot required
VMware Fusion makes it easy to install and run Windows, Linux and other operating systems on your Intel-based Mac as virtual machines, giving you the power to use multiple operating systems simultaneouslyâ€”and without rebooting your computer.
Install Windows on your Mac with unparalleled ease
Installing Windows has never been easier, thanks to the Windows Easy Install feature in VMware Fusion. Just answer a few simple questions and insert your Windows installation discâ€”VMware Fusion will automatically create a Windows virtual machine that is optimized for your Mac. You can also use the New Virtual Machine Assistant to create virtual machines that can run Windows, Linux, BSD or any of the more than 60 different operating systems supported by VMware Fusion.
Break out of Boot Camp
Already running Windows XP on your Mac using Apple Boot Camp? No problem. VMware Fusion automatically detects your Boot Camp partition and lets you access it as a virtual machine, giving you the flexibility to run Windows XP alone or side-by-side with Mac OS X.
Make the switch
VMware Fusion makes it easier than ever for Windows users to make the switch to a Mac. Use the free VMware Converter Starter Edition to transform your Windows PC into a VMware Fusion-compatible virtual machine, then copy the virtual machine from your PC to your Mac.