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Announcing VMware Fusion 10 and Fusion 10 Pro

10 Years in the making…

The time has come to pull the covers off what we think is just might be our biggest release yet. We are pleased to announce the VMware 2017 Mac Desktop Hypervisor lineup: VMware Fusion 10 and VMware Fusion 10 Pro! Learn More

So. Many. Features.

This year marks our 10th anniversary of our favourite Mac hypervisor, and with it we’ve introduced a bounty of innovation to our beloved virtual platform. The first thing you’ll notice after installing is that Fusion has an updated User Interface. 

The new Fusion Virtual Machine Window with 3 VMs open as tabs

The new Virtual Machine Library Window, with copy-able IP and MAC address

We also improved our New VM and our Migrate Your PC Wizards, both functionally and aesthetically.

Updated UI for our New VM and Migration wizards

Behind the scenes our Virtual Hardware Platform has been updated to support new OS’s like macOS 10.13 High Sierra and Windows 10 and Server 2016 Fall Updates, as well as a host of new Sphere platform features like UEFI, Virtual TPM, and virtual NVMe storage devices.

A big feature several years in the making is our new support for Apple’s Metal Graphics acceleration technology, which gives our virtual GPU engine a noticeable boost in Performance, Battery/Power Efficiency and accuracy of rendering. Both games and professional applications like AutoCAD benefit from this enhanced feature.

New ‘Metal’ Graphics rendering engine gives us improved performance

VMware Fusion 10 Pro – A new foundation for modern Dev and Test

Built with everything included in Fusion 10, Fusion 10 Pro goes even further by adding new vSphere controls, support for seamless import of the vCenter Server Appliance, and an all new REST based API.

All About DevOps

Use Fusion as a local Vagrant provider or a remote Docker host with VMware PhotonOS, or build a custom application to deliver macOSvirtual-machines-as-a-service. With todays rapidly automated development processes, the integration possibilities are endless.

The new Swagger-based RESTful API enables developers, QE and Operations teams to integrate Fusion into a continuous deployment, delivery or other iterative pipeline by proving an entry point for remote services to securely communicate with using standard JSON.

The Swagger UI provides a complete reference of available APIs, complete with context and usage examples, making it easy to get started. Users will have control over VM operations including VM inventory management, VM power management, cloning, networking, configuration, and IP and MAC address gathering, among others.


New Windows Virtualization Based Security Features

Brand new this year is support for Microsoft’s new Virtualization Based Security features such as Credential Guard and Device Guard for Windows 10 Enterprise virtual machines,  (UEFI) Secure Boot and a virtual Trusted Platform Module (TPM) will add to existing security features in Fusion 10 Pro – delivering a more secure virtual corporate desktop environment than ever before.

Improved vSphere Integration

With Fusion 10 Pro we’ve added new controls for managing remote ESXi hosts for Power operations. Users can now Shut Down, Reboot or toggle Maintenance Mode to remote vSphere Hosts right from within Fusion.

Updated Remote vSphere Host Controls

We’ve also added a out-of-the-box support for the vCenter Server Appliance, so IT Pros who need to test vSphere can get up and running in just minutes without hassle.

vCenter Server Appliance – Seamless Import

Upgraded Virtual Networking

New this year on the networking side is our ability to simulate packet loss, latency, and to limit bandwidth, on both incoming and outgoing virtual network interfaces. This is done per-virtual machine, so you can test the resiliency of your application against degraded networks without affecting all of your running VMs.

Added advanced networking controls

We also added the ability to configure Network Address Translation (NAT) rules for each virtual network, in addition to being able to rename networks for order and convenience.

Improved control over Host Virtual Networks: NAT, Network Rename

Our teams have been hard at work this year, and we hope you love what we’ve been building!

We’re just putting the final touches on everything to make sure our Fusion products meet the high demands put upon them, and we can’t wait to make Fusion 10 and Fusion 10 Pro available to everyone in early October.

Check out our Personal Desktop Product Line page here for more details about Fusion 10 and Workstation 14!


Availability and Pricing

VMware Fusion 10 Pro and VMware Fusion 10 are expected to be available in October 2017, from vmware.com for $159 and $79 respectively. VMware Fusion 10 Pro is also available from VMware partners and distributors.

Fusion 8.5 customers can upgrade to Fusion 10 Pro for only $119 and to Fusion 10 for $49 at the VMware online store.

Customers who purchase Fusion 8 or Fusion 8 Pro between August 22 and November 1 are eligible for an electronic upgrade to Fusion 10 or Fusion 10 Pro, respectively, at no additional cost. No action is required on your part, your licenses will automatically be upgraded in your MyVMware account manager.




82 thoughts on “Announcing VMware Fusion 10 and Fusion 10 Pro

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  4. Sean H

    Hi Michael,

    Congratulations this looks great.

    Unfortunately I purchased VMWare Pro through my Univeristy (OnTheHub) just 13 days ago. This feels rather unlucky indeed. Is there any thing I can do short of spending another $119?

    Best regards

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      Check to see if you can get a refund, seems like you’re within 14 days so hopefully they can do that for you!

      1. Sean H

        No such luck.


        “Unfortunately, there are NO REFUNDS or EXCHANGES on ANY items ordered through Kivuto sites. All sales are final. Ensure when placing your order that you have chosen the correct product and read all the system requirements.

        We are also unable to offer exchanges or refunds because product keys are shipped/issued with the software and, once issued, cannot be returned to our publishers.”

        So I guess that’s it then? 🙁

  5. Christian

    And improvements on the slow performance of shared folders when using Visual Studio in Windows with source code on the Mac?

  6. vkd

    What DirectX version will this version support? Up until now you only support v9 whilst DX10 has been out since 30 January 2007 and DX12 since March 20, 2014. Thus you are effectively over 10 years out of date, to date.

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      Our DX version support is unchanged, so we’re DX10 and OpenGL 3.3. The reason is actually that OpenGL doesn’t support Geometry and Compute shaders, so there’s no way we can translate those calls from the Guest to the Host because there’s no corresponding function on the Host. It’s not because we’re not trying 😉

      1. Nathan Youngman

        Does Metal 2 support Geometry and Compute shaders?

        > “A big feature several years in the making is our new support for Apple’s Metal Graphics acceleration technology, which gives our virtual GPU engine a noticeable boost in Performance, Battery/Power Efficiency and accuracy of rendering. Both games and professional applications like AutoCAD benefit from this enhanced feature.”

          1. P.Neiros

            Does this mean there will be a support for DX12 in a feature version of Fusion (e.g. VMware Fusion 11) or will you stick to DX10 for compatibility reason for old macs that do not support Metal ?

      1. Cary S Green

        I know VMWare does not comment on specific release features but can you at least share some information regarding DirectX 11/12 support. I need to run AutoDesk Inventor, requiring DirectX 11.x. I have an iMac Pro which I purchased specifically to have the horsepower I need for CAD. What is VMWare’s solution to this challenge?

  7. vkd

    I wager that this will NOT run on my mid-2011 iMac, seeing as it (the iMac) doesn’t support Metal.

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      It will totally run. We’ll just fall back to OpenGL rendering on non-Metal machines. =)

  8. Crould

    How about user from Fusion 8.5 Pro ? Why do we pay the same as those 8.5? It should be lower, shouldn’t it?

  9. Erik

    Will I be eligible for a free Fusion 10 upgrade if I upgrade to 8.5 today, or do I have to purchase 8.5 at full price to get 10 free? I’m running a trial version of 8.5 right now as my licensed version 7 didn’t like my new Mac, and the trial runs out in 7 days, so your timing was good! 🙂

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      If you purchase a license today, be it an Upgrade or a New license, you’ll be automatically upgraded.

      1. Ryan

        I need to upgrade from 7 to 8.5 on my iMacs. We have purchased upgrade previously with academic pricing.

        If I purchase the upgrade to 8.5 on academic pricing, will we still get the upgrade to 10 when it comes out?

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      Give us a call and ask about a refund… then you can re-buy and get the auto-upgrade. You’re within the return window.

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  12. Daniel Osers

    Great news.
    Question; will 10 include an automatic disk clean function (i.e. reclaim disk space dynamically in the background, versus having to run a manual ‘reclaim’ after the machine has been shutdown)?

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  15. Kellan Adamson

    What happened to snapshots in Fusion 10 (non Pro)?

    Noticed in the comparison chart that it is no longer an option unless you purchase the Pro version.

    What was the reasoning behind that? Seems like a feature that everyone would use.

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      Hi Kellan =)

      Looks like a mistake actually, Snapshots was NOT removed from Fusion std.
      Thanks for noticing, we are going to be updating that chart in a couple weeks anyway.

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  20. IT

    Any improvements to USB 3 support? Specifically on USB-C Macs. In 8.5 it was problematic when connecting external USB-C drives.

  21. Bertrand PRESLES

    On Fusion 10 will the support of Direct X be upgraded to 10.1 ? In a nutshell, will games like Overwatch run on this version ? Is there any plans to support DX 11 or 12 in a future update (particularly considering that Metal API is comparable to DX 12 philosophically) ?

  22. Keith

    Does the free upgrade apply to purchases made through your education store? I have a Fusion 7 license that I’d like to upgrade, but will just wait until the fall if it won’t get the new version when released.

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  24. Buster Jersey

    VM Fusion 8.5…My favorite software!!!. Every bit of my software works well under this version. I’m running a 2014 Macbook Pro and a 2012 Mac Mini. I run Windows XP and Windows 10 approx 20 % and Linux Mate 17.3 50 % of the time. If I upgrade to version 10, will this version have a negative impact on what I am currently running?



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  36. Jim

    Pretty crappy… Upgraded at the end of March to 8.x… and now have to pay to upgrade again only a few months later.

    VMWare seems to only like to support new purchases for about 3 months before they charge you for yet another upgrade. Whatever happened to a year of support?

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      You don’t ‘have’ to upgrade, and we will of course honour your existing support agreement for 18 months after your purchase which entitles you to troubleshooting support.
      So I’m not sure the context you’re getting at with ‘what happed to a year of support’… We will support your installation for 18 months, 1.5 years.

      It’s akin to buying a car in 2016, only to have the 2017 models launch 6 months later.
      Your 2016 car, however, still works and is still under warranty and the manufacturer is still standing behind it.

      I apologize if this doesn’t seem right to you. Last year rather than charge users for an upgrade we made the decision to upgrade everyone for free. We can’t do that every year of course otherwise we wouldn’t be able to pay our engineers to continue to develop the products loved by so many.

      1. Bobo

        why don’t you switch to a subscription model for home users like any other modern company? this whole licensing model of VMWare is quite a nuisance and I feel degrades the VMWare reputation.

        You say the older versions are supported, yet from what I can tell you do not certify them with the security/patch updates from MAC. To me and colleagues this looks like it is not supported….
        quote from https://communities.vmware.com/thread/572695
        “8.5 ‘works’ but isn’t considered Supported.”

        If you support your products for 18 months, then you should backport any High Sierra fixes to 8.5 to honour your agreements. Mac users need to upgrade to high sierra to ensure that we have the latest security fixes and support from apple.

        Offering a reasonable yearly subscription would be a simple way to avoid this and stop vmware team from upgrading the version# just to try and get more licencing $$

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      Yes! You can totally use the API to drive Fusion without the UI. You could even VNC into a desktop by turning on the remote VNC feature from Fusion.

      1. Dale

        Thanks, most helpful.
        One more question – is the API available for Fusion and Fusion Pro, or is it limited to Pro?

  37. Brent Hendricks

    Upgraded to VMWare Fusion 10.01, I am not able to install OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) from my MacPro recovery partition, it regents an error that No Recovery Partition was found. Is this because the recovery partition was converted to AFPS? The partition is there, and I am able to boot to it using Command R on boot.


  38. Pablo

    I purchased VMware Fusion Version 8.5.8 (5824040) with the only purpose to access my Boot Camp partition running Win10 (guest) while running MacOS (host). It has been working for the last year or so with the occasional MacOS update breaking the connection between Fusion and the Boot Camp drive. This was easy to solve, by deleting the VM and re-adding it. However, I updated from MacOS Sierra to High Sierra and now I cannot access my Boot Camp Partition using VMware Fusion Version 8.5.8 (5824040). Is this going to be fixed for VMware Fusion Version 8.5.8 (5824040) or do we have to purchase VMware Fusion Version 10 for $50?

    Also, I followed all the instructions from “Troubleshooting using a Boot Camp partition in Fusion (1027853)” without success.
    Thank you.

  39. Phil

    Hi, very nice feature set!
    Is it now possible to run GL context views on macOS guests?
    It is one of the reasons we have to keep loads of macs around, would be nice if I could consolidate a bit just as for Windows 😉

  40. Steve

    I am dismayed that the upgrade price to 10 Pro from 8 and 8 Pro is the same. Shouldn’t 8 Pro customers get a price break on upgrades to 10 Pro?

  41. Steve

    The comparison of 10 and 10 Pro shows that “Secure VM Encryption” is only available in 10 Pro? That feature used to be available in non-Pro versions.

    If I upgrade from 8 Pro to 10, what happens to my encrypted VMs? Will I no longer be able to create encrypted VMs?

  42. Pete

    Is there a performance improvement when running a windows machine that is in a Bootcamp partition via Fusion?

  43. Joel Warren

    I understand that you cannot continue with free upgrades, but I do need to explore whether i should spend the money for the upgrade. So,

    Can you give a capsule statement for non-techies of what the differences are between the 8.5.8 I am now running, the 10, and the 10 pro. In other words, what’s the incentive (advantage) for the medium-level user to upgrade if he’s basically happy with the current performance of Fusion.?

  44. Najeeb Rasuli

    Since parallel desktop 12 is not supporting OpenGL 3.3 for sketchup pro 2017. I want to know if SU pro 2017 runs in VMware fusion pro 10 before I purchase?
    Thanks looking forward to hearing you.

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      You are welcome to try a demo and check for yourself, we can’t certify every application out there:

  45. Nidhi

    I am using vm ware fusion 8.5 on mac os sierra – will it continue to work if I upgrade my mac to high sierra? Or will I need to upgrade vmware to 10?

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      Fusion 8.5 is not considered supported on macOS High Sierra, but it’s known to work without serious issues

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