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VMware Updates Fusion 10 Mac Virtualization, Adds High Sierra Support and New Features


Mac users may not be quick to admit it, but every now and then, they may need to run software that only works on a Windows OS.  While the Mac does allow dual booting macOS and Windows, if your Mac is powerdul enough, you can also run a full blown Windows machine on top of your Mac with a desktop virtualization solution like the one from VMware.  And with this latest version of VMware Fusion 10 that was recently announced, your user experience using Windows 10 on your Mac in a virtual machine can be considered near native.

Hot on the heels of the announced macOS 10.13 High Sierra, VMware brought out the general availability of VMware Fusion 10 and Fusion Pro 10, in order to support the new macOS as a host and a guest operating system.

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The latest version is built for macOS 10.13 High Sierra and Microsoft Windows 10 (including the Fall 2017 Creators Update).  Along with new operating system support, VMware has tossed in quite a few new updates and features to make this a much wanted update.  VMware claims more than 30 new features in Fusion 10 and over 50 new features in Fusion Pro 10, including a refreshed UI, improved New VM and Migrate Your PC Wizards, Metal Graphics engine support with up to 65 percent better performance, Virtual Network Simulation and the all new Fusion API.  The latest version can also take full advantage of newer Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen CPU features for improved performance and stability.

The new UI is more informative as well as elegant, bringing useful details to the surface, saving time and effort.  The new user interface simplifies accessing additional information, such as IP and MAC addresses, by placing that information within the VM Library Window.  Users will find that they have faster access to administrative controls, cutting and pasting, and setting guest display resolution from within the View menu.  Fusion 10 also adds contextual TouchBar support to accelerate accessing commonly used controls.

Fusion 10 also includes improved wizards for creating new virtual machines (VMs) and migrating existing systems.  These new wizards not only look better but they function better as well.  The new platform also supports Apple's Metal graphics initiative, which provides improved performance, improved reliability and rendering accuracy with better energy consumption.  On the business side, it can help with graphical resource hogs like AutoCAD, and on the consumer side, it can help run graphically intensive games that previously couldn't be supported.

Fusion 10 Pro makes Virtual Networking more organized while giving new features to test your application's resiliency.  Fusion 10 Pro adds the ability to simulate Packet Loss, Latency and Bandwidth Caps, on both Inbound and Outbound traffic per virtual network adapter.  Fusion 10 Pro also now provides an interface to configure NAT and Port Forwarding rules and includes the ability to rename virtual networks.

Designed for IT professionals and developers, VMware Fusion 10 Pro now includes a secure RESTful API service designed for automation and third-party software integration.  Developers can use the secure, HTTP or HTTPS based API to rapidly and automatically deploy, configure, use and finally destroy virtual machines, even without Fusion being open.  Developers can have a stable, powerful and modern virtualization host that supports the broadest number of Guest OS's including VMware Photon OS, while Operations teams can use the API to create custom tools for requesting and deploying macOS Desktops or any other VM type for testing.

On the security side of things, the Pro version also adds support for Microsoft Virtualization Based Security features on Windows 10 such as Credential Guard and Device Guard.  VMware has also added a virtual Trusted Platform Module (TPM) which can manage cryptographic functions for applications or OS features such as BitLocker.  Other new Pro features include support for UEFI secure booting and seamless import of the vCenter Server Appliance.

Shortly after the announced release of version 10, VMware issued version 10.0.1 to fix a number of bugs, most notably an issue raised by users running non-English versions of macOS who experienced a failure when powering on virtual machines with 3D acceleration enabled.

There's also been an upgrade warning announcement for both editions of VMware Fusion 10.  All Macs launched in 2011 or later are supported except the 2012 Mac Pro "Quad Core" using the Intel Xeon W3565 Processor, as well as 2010 MacPro Quad Core Desktop.  And the Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan is now the minimum OS requirement.

Ready?  Download now.  Or click here to buy or upgrade Fusion 10.

Published Friday, October 13, 2017 4:05 PM by David Marshall
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