VMware Fusion 5 Now Available!

Well if you are like me and just got your wife a new Retina Macbook….you are one happy camper!  Log into the VMware site today and you will see that VMware Fusion 5 is now available!  This release of VMware Fusion has a whole host of new features

  • OS X Mountain Lion with notification center,
  • AirPlay mirroring and Launchpad search support
  • Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Ivy Bridge processors, Retina Display and USB 3.0 support
  • Up to 40% faster resuming
  • Up to 40% faster Windows rebooting
  • Up to 45% more battery life when running Windows
  • Near-native performance and ultrafast 3D graphics

I just loaded it onto both my MacBook machines here in the house and so far things are running pretty good.  I also made sure to update the Virtual Hardware to take advantage of all the tings the new Vmware Fusion has to offer.  Along with the features there is a re-tooled UI that is more like the Workstation left column view that I personally like.  Have fun playing with the new version if you are able to grab it today especially on your new Retina Mac….which I don’t personally have though.

So go get your copy of VMware Fusion 5 upgraded so you can take advantage of that shiny new Retina Display with your VMware FUsion Virtual Machines!

About Chris Colotti

Chris is active on the VMUG and event speaking circuit and is available for many events if you want to reach out and ask. Previously to this he spent close to a decade working for VMware as a Principal Architect. Previous to his nine plus years at VMware, Chris was a System Administrator that evolved his career into a data center architect. Chris spends a lot of time mentoring co-workers and friends on the benefits of personal growth and professional development. Chris is also amongst the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX#37), and author of multiple white papers. In his spare time he helps his wife Julie run her promotional products as the accountant, book keeper, and IT Support. Chris also believes in both a healthy body and healthy mind, and has become heavily involved with fitness as a Diamond Team Beachbody Coach using P90X and other Beachbody Programs. Although Technology is his day job, Chris is passionate about fitness after losing 60 pounds himself in the last few years.


  1. VMWare let down early Macbook Pro Retina adopters who bought Fusion 4. Fusion 4 was buggy on the retina display, and VMWare chose an arbitrary date (July 25) as cutoff for free upgrades. Apple upgraded all purchasers for free to new OS, even MSFT treats folks better. VMWare had buggy product out and wants more $$… poor!

  2. As of Aug 28 – many reports of problems with Lion 10.7.4 – so I will wait a month to upgrade. Given how essential Fusion is to my productivity, and how buggy the new releases have been, I can’t ever afford to take the “free upgrade now!” it’s like becoming a beta tester.

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