VMware updates Windows-on-a-Mac software

VMware's Fusion software, which is used to run Windows on a Mac, is in a dogfight with Parallels, which recently rolled out its Desktop 7 software.

VMware Fusion 4
VMware's latest version of Windows on a Mac. VMware

VMware today launched its Fusion 4 software optimized for Apple's Mac OS X Lion.

The company's Fusion software, which is used to run Windows on a Mac, is in a dogfight with Parallels, which recently rolled out its rival Desktop 7 software.

VMware said it added 90 features to Fusion 4, which comes via a USB key and has a promotional price of $49.99 before jumping to $79.99. Along with Fusion 4, VMware also launched the latest WorkStation software.

Pat Lee, director of end user computing clients at VMware, said the company's aim is to "run Windows apps like Mac ones" and use LaunchPad "to launch either one." VMware said it would love to deliver Fusion 4 via Apple's Mac App Store, but for now a USB key is the only way to install it.

Among the key points on Fusion 4:

• The software is optimized for OS X Lion and allows Windows applications to appear in Launchpad as well as Mission Control.

• Fusion 4 is faster than its previous version.

• There is a more Mac-like experience throughout.

Separately, VMware rolled out Workstation 8, which allows companies and developers to upload virtual machines to vSphere. Workstation 8 adds 50 features and supports remote connections, shared virtual machines and drag and drop capabilities.

This article originally was published on ZDNet's Between the Lines.

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    Larry Dignan is editor in chief of ZDNet and editorial director of CNET's TechRepublic. He has covered the technology and financial-services industries since 1995.

     

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