VMware Fusion 7 has arrived this month — described as the easiest way to run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting, the product may be of interest to Microsoft developers who want to cast their net slightly wider such that it encompasses the Apple empire.
NOTE: Windows accounts for over 95% of OEM’s worldwide according to Gartner research, but (VMware suggests) as the popularity of Macs continues to rise, more users need a way to get support for their Windows applications.
The firm says that Fusion helps “bridge the OS divide” when users switch from Windows PCs to Mac based devices.
But in a cloud-centric world where we are becoming more device, operating system, application, platform and browser agnostic — is VMware Fusion 7 still relevant?
… and anyway (speaking of browsers) isn’t it all about the browser anyway?
Regardless of this naysaying, VMware says Fusion 7 has OS X Yosemite support (Apple’s forthcoming next OS) and boats the ability to create virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, and 64 GB of memory.
Developer interest point
VMware is also releasing VMware Fusion 7 Pro and this includes features for technical professionals and developers that need their Windows applications to run on a Mac with higher performance and reliability.
Director of product marketing for end-user computing at VMware Nicolas Rochard calls out the product’s open source compatibility — for organisations that run the latest Linux distribution, Fusion 7 Pro supports Ubuntu 14.04, RHEL 7, CentOS 7, Fedora 20, Debian 8 and others.
“Connection to VMware vSphere or VMware Workstation is now available, allowing users to extend and scale virtual machines to a private cloud. Users can easily connect to hosted virtual machines and run, upload or download virtual machines directly within Fusion 7 Pro,” said the company, in a press statement.