We’re excited to announce that you can upgrade to VMware Fusion 3 for only $9.99 if you’re an existing Parallels Desktop for Mac user or if you use an older version of VMware Fusion. We’re thrilled to make it easy for people to move to the proven, reliable way to run Windows apps on your Mac that is also the all-around performance leader today.
Why VMware Fusion 3?
VMware Fusion was built by Mac users for Mac users from day one.
VMware Fusion was first on the Mac with these great features:
- A 64-bit native engine
- Windows apps that behave like Mac apps and use Mac keyboard shortcuts
- Aero 3D in Windows Vista and Windows 7 virtual machines
- Snow Leopard optimizations, with support for Spaces, Exposé, and Dock Exposé
- Mac-like Preferences dialog with no Apply button needed
- Apple Help content
- Support for Intel’s EPT virtualization technology
- Great 3D app performance
Many of these features are things you might hear people talking about right now, and they may sound like new news to some. They’re old news to us.
We shipped VMware Fusion 3.0 last October. VMware Fusion 3 and its later iteration 3.1 -- which came out this past May -- combined to offer over 80 new features.
Let’s talk about performance:
We’ve seen some recent claims that our performance is lacking, oddly enough substantiated by a marketing company specializing in demand generation, not a traditional source of independent benchmark data. Our initial tests show different results, and we don’t make these assertions lightly.
Looking at overall performance, VMware Fusion 3.1 and Parallels 6 are quite comparable, with VMware Fusion taking a lead.
Let’s talk about real world solutions to problems:
While Parallels Desktop 6 may offer anti-virus solutions for both your Mac and PC, these are only 90-day trials. We have included a full, one-year subscription to McAfee VirusScan since we released VMware Fusion 2.0 in September 2008. We want to make sure your Windows virtual machine, which is by far the greater risk to your data, is protected without you having to worry too much.
The nice folks over at Parallels talk about their many extra features like PC backup and PC partition management. We here on the VMware Fusion Team don't want to bring your PC experience over to the Mac; after all, that's why you left your PC behind. We know that you care about seamlessly running your Windows apps in the most Mac-like way you can, and that’s our focus.
It’s About Fit and Finish:
If you’re a Mac user, you care about fit and finish as well as attention to detail throughout the whole product. So do we.
VMware Fusion is the best, and it’ll only get better. End the pain and upgrade to VMware Fusion 3 right now!