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VMware Fusion 5 (Mac)

by VMware
Mac OS X
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Easily transfer your entire pc to your mac with the migration assistant for windows
  • run windows xp, windows 7, windows 8 and more on your mac without rebooting
  • optimized for os x mountain lion including notification center, launchpad search and airplay support
  • optimized for the latest macs including ivy bridge processors, full retina display support and usb 3 devices
  • run os x mountain lion in a virtual machine
  • up to 40% faster windows virtual machine resume
  • up to 40% faster windows reboot
  • up to 45% more battery life when running windows
  • new built-in learning center to easily learn how to install and run windows on your mac
  • more than 70 new features


System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.7 x 3 cm ; 91 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B008VLUE24
  • Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,125 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Easily Switch From a PC to a Mac

Now it’s easier than ever to transfer your entire PC to your Mac and make the most of your Windows software investment with VMware Fusion’s PC migration assistant for Windows. Get the best of both worlds and have access to your Windows programs and all your files from your old PC directly on your Mac, whenever you need them.Running Windows Programs on a Mac Couldn't Be Easier

VMware Fusion 5 makes it easier than ever to run Windows on a Mac. Run Windows programs the same way you use Mac applications, with seamless copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, and networking and printing that require no additional setup.

Run Windows Programs Like Mac Applications

Launch Windows programs directly from the Dock, Spotlight or Launchpad and view them in Exposé, Spaces and Mission Control as if they were Mac applications. Easily interact with Windows programs using Mac shortcuts and intuitive gestures.

Designed for Mountain Lion

Get a more Mac-like experience when running Windows programs on a Mac. VMware Fusion 5’s enhanced user interface makes working with your Windows applications quicker and easier. Extend Mountain Lion's unique features to your Windows environment and search your favorite Windows programs in Launchpad or use "AirPlay Mirroring" to stream your Mac and Windows applications on your HDTV. You can even get VMware Fusion notifications in Mountain Lion’s notification center. It just works. VMware Fusion 5 is also compatible with OS X Lion and Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Windows 8 Optimized Who said Windows 8 was only for PCs? Get the most out of the new Windows 8 Metro environment directly on your Mac and run it side-by-side with your Mac applications. VMware Fusion 5 has been optimized to take advantage of new Windows 8 technologies and will make you wonder why you would ever consider running Windows 8 on anything other than a Mac. VMware Fusion supports Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise.

Designed for the Latest Macs

Retina Display: View Windows like you've never seen it before with Retina Display optimization for a crisp and detailed experience of your Windows programs.

USB 3.0: Extend your Mac's connectivity to your Windows environment and take advantage of USB 3 support for ultra-fast file transfers.

RAM: Benefit from better use of memory on Macs equipped with 16GB or more and get better performance when dealing with Virtual Machines that require large memory allocations.

Built-in Learning Center Get the most out of VMware Fusion 5 with the new learning center. Learn how to get started, transfer your entire PC to your Mac or install a new copy of Windows and more through step-by-step easy to view video tutorials.

More Compatible than Ever Before

With added support for virtualizing Windows 8, Mountain Lion Server, Ubuntu 12.04, Windows Server 2012 as well as 200 other operating systems, VMware Fusion 5 will turn your Mac into the most compatible computer you’ve ever owned.

We've Got You Covered

For added peace of mind, we've included 18 months of free email support and a 12-month complimentary subscription to McAfee Anti-Virus Plus to protect your Windows environment.

Made by the Virtualization Leader

Used by 96% of the Fortune top 1000 companies, VMware has won more than 280 awards for its virtualization-leading software including the industry-acclaimed Macworld Editor’s Choice award.

Product Description

VMware Fusion for Mac OS X v 5 complete package 1 user Mac Multilingual FUS5MLMCP Software Other Software

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Linux 25 Nov 2012
By G. Lewis VINE VOICE
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Truth be told, running Windows on my Mac doesn't interest me that much. I spend a fair amount of time testing Linux distributions and have been using Parallels and Virtualbox for this until now.

VMWare Fusion 5 comes with both a DVD and a USB-based installer. As the DVD drive is starting to disappear from Mac hardware, this was a nice touch (if a little necessary).

Installing Ubuntu in VMware is a breeze. The whole process is guided from start to finish. You simply give it a username & password and it takes care of the rest, even installing VMware tools for you. Other distributions don't fare so well. Mint for example requires manual installation of VMware Tools, but there is a comprehensive help document included in the Tools installer to help you get everything up and running.

Performance is good, Flash video plays full-screen without judder on my 2011 iMac, which is more than can be said for Virtualbox and Parallels.

Great product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Just Works 21 Dec 2012
By yar231
Verified Purchase
After settling on the latest version of VMWare Fusion, I decided to order the box instead of ordering a product key online. Safe to say, I made the right decision. Inside the box was a nice printed manual, the product key, stickers, a cd and a 2gb usb stick in case you don't have a cdrom drive! At the front, the box also opens to reveal various details about the product which is a nice touch. The box also doubles as a nice accessory for the office.

Installing is as easy as double clicking the application on the provided installation medium - I was up and running within minutes!

I've used just about every virtualization software for the Mac, and TBH VMWare is hard to beat. It's easy to use, has good virtual hardware, and is well supported. The only other commercial product i've used is Parallels, and while that works I felt the product support was lacking. I've also used Virtualbox which is free, but both its interface and feature set is sadly lacking when compared to VMWare.

One major criticism of this product however is that 3d performance is not as good as with native hardware, but this problem is shared across all solutions. If you want a windows gaming machine which can run crysis, you're better off just using a real windows box. Otherwise general performance is not too different than what you get from bootcamp, though depending on what you are running your experience may vary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost seamless transition 20 Jan 2013
By Jonathan VINE VOICE
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When I converted from PCs to Macs a few years ago I needed to be able to continue running some PC based software. At that stage there was a choice between dual booting using Boot Camp or using one the emulators such as VM Fusion or Parallels. I opted for VM Fusion and since then have generally found that this product works well on my MacBook Pro. It's generally stable but you do need to have enough memory on your computer to run both programs together - upgrading to 8GB of RAM made things much quicker. I occasionally have difficulty getting the printer facility to work from Windows (I am connecting wirelessly to my printer via another Mac). Accessing the file structure of both OS is simple and seamless. As I feel that the Mac offers better security, I rarely access the internet using Windows - switching to Safari if when I need to go on the web. Connecting peripherals is easy - you are given the choice of which operating system you want to connect to. Overall if you need to run Windows on a Mac I would recommend this product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Effective for some non-Mac devices 17 Dec 2012
By M. C. Cresswell VINE VOICE
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I wanted to try Fusion 5 to get my now-relatively-old Samsung NV3 camera to speak to my Mac. I've been downloading the images from the camera to my work PC and then manually transferring them via USB to my home iMac. After a bit of faffing and not a little guesswork, I installed Fusion to attempt to run their bespoke Windows software through the Mac. Hey presto it worked, enabling me to import images painlessly and subsequently through to iPhoto. Though the same cannot, alas, be said for the package that came with my other camera, a Fuji X10. The manual is a shocker and virtually pointless, as is the double format - but hey ho. From my qualified success so far, pretty good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another step in the right direction 17 Dec 2012
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An upgrade that although you won't see much difference there's certainly a massive speed boost. Upgrade or initial install is very quick however even when brand new you'll need to download an update which makes the disc / stick irrelevant. The fact they now provide the stick for those users that are without a optical drive is a nice touch.

The price on Amazon at sub fifteen pounds is defintely worth the upgrade - I wouldn't pay more than 30 as there's always deals knocking around in these virtualised softwares. It is good for taking snapshots as restore points for your virtual machines as well as the usual day to day tasks you still need windows applications for etc.

I use VMWare Fusion on several Macs and have never had an issue (have used 3,4 and now 5). It works perfectly across company networks too. Just make sure you install the VMWare Tools to get all the functionality working. A feature I never use but is very trick is the Unity mode that allows you to drop windows icons on your mac tool bar - if the operating system it requires isn't running it will quickly fire it up to allow the application to run.

A great piece of software but just don't pay over the odds!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars VMFusion 5.3 Not Compatible With Mavericks
Bought VMFusion 5 and took delivery in Sep 2013. Purchased new iMac in Oct 2013 with Mountain Lion as the OS, installed VMFusion 5 and immediately upgraded to 5.3. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Isaac
5.0 out of 5 stars All good
Have been a user of VMware Fusion since V1. Finally decided it was time for an upgrade! Selected Version 5 instead of the latest version because I am still on Snow Leopard. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ncc
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems a very good product - need to use it now!
Having purchased a MAC I have found that I still have many programs on my old PC that I would still like to use. Read more
Published 10 months ago by P. A. Sabel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good software for Windows server testing
I use parallels for normal Windows work but for MS server testing, etc I prefer VMware. It just works a bit better on the isolation from and network tweaking via scripting is a bit... Read more
Published 11 months ago by OMsd
4.0 out of 5 stars Great software!
Surprised at how easy t was to install and so far, I have tried a lot of Windows software on my MAC effortlessly. All work great! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ravi
4.0 out of 5 stars Virtual machines on Mac OS X
Mac OS X (Mountain Lion) provides a facility (Boot Camp) to install a Windows operating system on Mac computers, but it has two important limitations. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Emma Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Works very well
Used it mainly for work where my company uses software that won't work on the Mac and they only provide me with a 13" laptop. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gordon Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars very good product
It's easy to use and has enabled me to run various windows software on my mac. Very good. Best software I have bought.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. C. A. Mould
5.0 out of 5 stars VM Fusionware 5
Bought to upgrade the v2 installed on my Macbook Pro so that I can continue using XP when I upgraded to Mountain Lion. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and Effective; Just What I Needed
Does what it says on the tin. Easy to install and start, appears to be reliable (only a week so far) and "Just Works!". Read more
Published 14 months ago by Peter Robertson
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