VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion

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VMware Fusion

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Running Windows on A Mac

8 out of 10
December 19, 2017
As Mac users it is nice to be able to test landing pages and websites on Internet Explorer. It also enables running a few programs that do …
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9 out of 10
May 16, 2017
It is being used by the entire organization. Generally we use Macs, so we use it for a Windows environment for programs that require that.
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What is VMware Fusion?

Vmware Fusion is a virtual user session software built to run Windows applications on Macintosh to run any Windows applications.

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What is VMware Fusion?

VMware Fusion: Desktop Hypervisors for Mac

Software designed to give users the freedom to be more productive, agile and secure in a preferred environment. IT professionals, developers and businesses can use VMware Fusion desktop hypervisors for OS support, rock-solid stability and advanced features. With Fusion Player and Fusion Pro, run nearly any OS as VMs on Mac for development, testing, gaming or even simulating production clouds on local desktops.

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Vmware Fusion is a virtual user session software built to run Windows applications on Macintosh to run any Windows applications.

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The most common users of VMware Fusion are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Computer Software industry.

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Score 9 out of 10
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Due to its perpetual licensing model, VMware Fusion is a great option for users whose needs do not change as much over time. It is also great for occasional-use scenarios such as testing and preparing code to run on newer platforms. Fusion is not really recommended for running graphics-intense applications as graphics acceleration in Fusion is fairly limited in both performance and API support. It has, however, come a very long way and offers near-native performance for many tasks.
Jim Chandler | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware Fusion is great for a user of Mac computers who still needs access to Windows-only applications. It is very easy to have both MacOS and Windows running simultaneously and switch back and forth between the two seamlessly. If you are a Mac user and never need to access Windows-only applications, there is no need for VMware Fusion at all.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • VMWare Fusion is well-suited when you need to share development environments between developers, or when you need to run a Windows environment on a Mac (or vice versa). It is also well-suited for backing up development environments so you can be guaranteed that you've saved the necessary configuration to build a software project, even if the hard drive fails.
  • VMWare Fusion is less well-suited for software projects that are not complex to set up, as there is no need to add the extra step (and use the extra disk space) of saving an image of the environment when you can just put the code on GitHub.
Stefan Semo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Wherever there is a need to run Windows applications on Macs and one needs a quick and simple way to deploy this support as well as an easy way to update the application.
  • Environments where batch deployment is valued (enterprise) will be best suited by VMware Fusion with its ease of deployment.
  • Cost-conscious buyers would appreciate the lower costs of purchase, update, and upgrades that come with VMware Fusion.
Score 6 out of 10
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VMware Fusion is pretty decent if you're locked in a MacOS environment as VMware Fusion allows Mac users to run software design only for PC. An interesting mode of VMware Fusion is the Unity View Mode. With this option enabled, users are allowed to use a window that looks integrated with MacOS, as it's available for them to open from Spotlight search.
Score 8 out of 10
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VMware Fusion is very well suited for creating virtual machines that are regularly accessed by users and not designed to just be run in the background as a service or server. Fusion's licensing terms also make it a more ideal product when used on a large scale as compared to its main competition in Parallels. In addition, Fusion is a good solution when other VMware products are already being used on other systems, and the interoperability between Fusion and other VMware products is quite good.

Fusion is not an ideal solution for those that need to run 3D programs, as its support for 3D-based workflows is somewhat lackluster. In addition, while a virtual machine can be run in the background as a minimized window, it really isn't designed to run a virtual machine as a background service.
Score 8 out of 10
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If you work with VMware servers or need to work with multiple VMs and operating systems, Fusion is your go-to choice. If you really only need one Windows VM, I might not recommend Fusion, as competing products can work better for the single purpose. Fusion is better when you need flexibility or use many VMs for testing. VMware Fusion Pro also includes some very slick tools for testing network applications, such as limiting bandwidth and injecting packet loss into a VMs network connection.
Kurt Pritchett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware Fusion is well suited for testing environments. Developers can take their work home with them. Our development team loves the fact that they can access their test environment locally on their own desktops/laptops. I do not recommend that users run VMs running on fusion put these VMs into production. Fusion snapshots are a great feature for application testing.
Michael Timms | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMWare Fusion is perfectly suited for an application developer because it allows the dev to create cross-platform applications across the entire spectrum of operating systems without changing devices. An example of where it is less appropriate would be an environment where users are not required or have no need, to use multiple operating systems.
Andrew Shannon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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VMware fusion is best suited for users who want a Mac computer but have to use programs that are only available to Windows computers. Fusion is not that great if you need to reboot often and don't have time to wait for it to start up after a reboot. Fusion is overall a great product and makes any Mac computer way more functional!
Zach Cooper | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Works great for anyone who needs to run additional operating systems while also running MacOS simultaneously. Great for easily standing up local testing or development environments. If you require Microsoft Windows it is more cost effective to run it virtually than to maintain separate hardware just for this purpose.
May 16, 2017

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Score 9 out of 10
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Emulating Windows is all that I use it for, and it does that seamlessly. Obviously there are slightly different functionalities between operating systems, but it is very intuitive. The setup can be done by people that have never set up a virtual machine before quite easily. I think there was one coworker complaining about its lack of multi-screen functionality though.
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware fusion is mostly used by Mac users. Mac users can get Windows OS running instantly on their laptop with the help of VMware fusion. Vmware fusion is less appropriate if the Mac user is using "Yosemite" Mac OSX, as the product no longer runs on the older version of mac OSX.
Fatima Tipu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Snapshots are great, set up is easy, pulling in previous VMs is also very easy. For the most part, Windows VMs run well through VMWare Fusion on Macs, but I have personally run into issues where a VM will become corrupt and I can no longer use it. I haven't really seen this issue with users, as their VMs are simpler than mine. Also, sometimes Windows can run a little slowly through VMware Fusion.
November 03, 2016

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Score 9 out of 10
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Suited well for anyone using a Mac that needs regular access to Windows or Windows apps. I don't use other operating systems but assume it's a similar experience. Less suited if you pprimarily use Windows.
Gabriel Duff | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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It is my preferred virtualization tool to use on Mac OS for constantly staying updated and supporting the latest operating systems. It's great for sand box testing of your own private networks and also supports net boot for building VMs off network servers.

It's less ideal for large scale setups of virtual machines for users in a large Mac user base. VDI setups are better for this.