Please see our new review of Fusion 6. We are leaving this here for historical purposes.
It’s a pretty exciting time for us in the geek world. VMware has just rolled out Fusion 5 as well as VMware Workstation 9 for the Windows side. Changes are coming to vSphere with version 5.1 as well however that is another story we are working on.
Of course there are a number of changes in both the Mac and Windows products. They are certainly major changes. For Fusion it goes more than getting Mountain Lion support for the latest OS X version from Cupertino. VMware says the core of its virtual machine running on the latest Macintosh hardware is as fast as being native in a Windows environment. This of course is presuming SSD drives. We will test their claim later on.
There are several questions in our mind for a first look. Specifically have older Mac users been left behind? Is it as good as Parallels 7? We already know it supports the upcoming Windows 8. Our early tests show Fusion version 5 is at least as good, if not better than Parallels 7 (in its latest incarnation).
Specifically looking at the screen of Windows 8 inside Parallels 7 while at the desktop view, the shortcuts on the desktop and the ones in the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop share an annoying refresh approximately one time per second. To say this flashing is annoying would be an understatement.
However let’s not get ahead of ourselves and look at a recording of our new VMware Fusion V 5 going into Mountain Lion on an older Mac mini (video not playing? try here).
As you can see it was fast and simple.
Next up we tested an import of Parallels V 7. Did Fusion 5 sink or swim? Read here the whole story.