VMware Fusion 8 is the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to run Window applications on a Mac without rebooting. It is recommended for new and existing Mac users who want to continue running the Windows applications they can’t live without.
VMware Fusion 8 makes Windows 10 feel right at home on your Mac, whether you’re doing a fresh install for that brand new operating system experience, migrating your Windows 10 PC, or upgrading your Windows 7 or 8 virtual machines.
Run familiar Windows applications side-by-side with your favorite Mac applications, and seamlessly share files and folders between Windows and Mac. Take advantage of the latest features in Windows 10 like Cortana, the Microsoft speech-enabled virtual assistant, or run the all new Edge web browser alongside Safari.
Full Screen View
For a complete Windows experience, run Windows in full screen on one display or across multiple displays connected to your Mac.
Single Window View
To keep your Windows applications separate from your Mac environment, run Windows in single window view.
For a fully integrated experience, run Windows in Unity to run Windows applications on your Mac without seeing Windows.
With its under-the-hood performance improvements and overall smarter design, Fusion and El Capitan together give you a snappier, more fluid experience with Windows, while introducing new ways to do things on your Mac.
Use Fusion with the new Split Screen mode to have Windows seamlessly run side-by-side with Mac applications, or make a simple gesture while in Fusion’s Unity mode to engage the new Mission Control, letting you quickly glance at all of your open Windows and Mac applications at once.
With added support for DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, VMware Fusion gives you more responsive and fluid graphics for your day to day work while delivering maximum performance for highly demanding 3D applications like AutoCAD or SOLIDWORKS. For even more power, you can allocate up to 2GB of video memory to a virtual machine, giving graphics-intensive applications an additional boost.
With an updated graphics engine and added support for iMac Retina 5K displays, Fusion lets you take full advantage of added processing power while delivering an incredibly crisp and fluid Windows on Mac experience. Whether you’re on the latest MacBook or MacBook Pro, Fusion ensures that every watt of power coming out of your Mac's battery is used as efficiently as possible. On multi-GPU Macs, Fusion 8 can automatically switch between the two GPUs depending on application needs to give you the best performance while least impacting battery life.
Open files on the Mac with applications in Windows, launch Windows applications from the improved Application Menu, or use Spotlight to find Windows files and folders from the Mac. From its new, streamlined virtual machine installation process, to its different view modes, gestures, drag and drop file sharing, and other OS X integrations, everything about Fusion gives you the best experience of Windows on a Mac without having to reboot.
Experience Windows applications like Mac applications In Unity mode and toggle between full screen Windows and Mac applications, access Exposé, show Launchpad, view Mission Control or show your desktop using OS X gestures.
Access a wide range of step-by-step videos directly from within Fusion, including purchasing and installing Windows from your Mac, migrating your Windows PC to your Mac, or even upgrading an existing virtual machine to Windows 10.
Before installing El Capitan on your Mac, run it in a virtual machine with VMware Fusion 8. Explore the latest features of El Capitan and ensure your critical applications will continue to work. VMware Fusion makes it possible to test the latest new operating systems and applications without affecting your current setup.
Leveraging the latest in Mac hardware technology, faster PCIe-based storage and overall greater power, Fusion 8 is engineered to deliver near-native performance for your virtual environments. Create powerful virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB virtual disks, and up to 64 GB of memory to run the most demanding applications.
With 4K, 5K and Retina display optimization you will notice a more crisp and detailed experience of your Windows applications. Fusion 8 even ensures you get a seamless experience when running Windows across Retina and non-Retina displays.
Fusion 8 lets you use Windows-only USB or Bluetooth devices on your Mac, from GPS receivers to cell phones, mp3 players, and other input devices.
Extend your Mac's connectivity to your Windows environment and take advantage of USB 3 support for ultra-fast file transfers or use AirPlay to view your Windows environment on your HDTV. Use the SDXC card reader to import and view your photos directly in Windows and share them on an external monitor or TV using the Thunderbolt or HDMI port of your Mac. With added functionality for Skype and Lync calls within Windows, Fusion 8 comes with support for HD audio with 5.1 surround sound and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology.
Whether you’re importing or running Windows from Boot Camp partition, installing from a Windows disc, migrating an existing PC, or even installing OS X El Capitan from a download or from a recovery partition, our virtual machine installation assistant makes it easy.
It’s easy to transfer your entire PC to your Mac with the Fusion PC migration assistant for Windows so you can make the most of your Windows investment. Get the best of both worlds with Mac virtualization and have access to your Windows applications and all the files from your old PC directly on your Mac, whenever you need them.
Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility.
Use Windows applications the same way you use Mac applications, with seamless copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, and networking and printing that require no additional setup. Launch Windows applications directly from the Dock, Spotlight or Launchpad and view them in Exposé, Spaces and Mission Control as if they were Mac applications. Easily interact with Windows applications using Mac shortcuts and intuitive gestures.
No more choosing between Windows or Mac at startup. Fusion lets you run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side directly from your existing Boot Camp partition. And, when you’re ready, easily import your Boot Camp partition and reclaim unused space on your partition, while taking advantage of great virtualization-only features like Snapshots, AutoProtect and the ability to instantly Suspend and Resume without waiting for Windows to boot.
See how Fusion 8 compares to the previous version – Fusion 7, to the advanced edition - Fusion Pro, the Enterprise version – Horizon FLEX, and the competition – Parallels Desktop 11.
More than 200 operating systems are supported. A complete list of supported host and guest operating systems is available at http://www.vmware.com/go/fusionoperatingsystems.
VMware Fusion lets you run more than 200 operating systems as virtual machines, including Windows XP through Windows 8. Nearly all programs that run on these operating systems will run with VMware Fusion. Programs can range from common productivity suites such as Microsoft Office for Windows, to graphic intensive programs such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks.
Boot Camp is not required to run Windows on a Mac with VMware Fusion. However, if you already have Windows installed as a Boot Camp partition, VMware Fusion can easily create a Windows virtual machine based on your Boot Camp Windows installation. This will allow you to run Windows programs side-by-side with your Mac applications without having to reboot your Mac.
Yes, VMware Fusion includes a simple Migration Assistant for Windows that allows you to quickly and easily move your entire PC to your Mac as a virtual machine. Install a simple application on your PC, connect it to your Mac, and VMware Fusion will detect your PC and take care of the rest.
Yes. VMware Fusion requires the installation of an operating system in order to function. The operating system is not included with the purchase of VMware Fusion. You can either migrate an existing copy of Windows from your old PC or install a new one. In order to run a Windows virtual machine, you must have a licensed copy of that Windows operating system or purchase a new Windows license.
Yes, you can run as many virtual machines concurrently with VMware Fusion 8 as your system’s RAM will support. In fact, VMware Fusion leverages patented memory-sharing techniques to drastically reduce the memory required to run multiple virtual machines at the same time.
After the evaluation period has expired, you will be prompted to enter a license key. If you have purchased the product you will have received a new license key. Enter the purchased license key when prompted to unlock the full "unlimited" version of the software. To take advantage of complimentary email support for up to 18 months, your license key must be registered. If you purchased the product from the VMware Online store, your license key is automatically registered. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to manually register your license key in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.
To license VMware Fusion, simply enter a purchased license key during product installation in the license key field. Alternatively, you can enter your serial / license key from the "VMware Fusion" drop down menu in the product. Choose "License" in the drop down menu, enter the serial / license key and choose "OK."
Complimentary email support is activated as soon as your VMware Fusion license key is registered. If you purchased the product from the VMware Online store, your license key is automatically registered. If you purchased VMware Fusion from a reseller, you need to manually register your license key in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.
If you purchased the product from the VMware Online store, your license key is automatically registered. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to manually register your license key in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.
Customers with an active Support and Subscription (SnS) contract with an end date on or after General Availability (August 25, 2015) are eligible for a free upgrade. Follow the instructions provided in this KB article to upgrade your license key(s).
After receiving your license key(s), you can download VMware Fusion 8 software from the Fusion Download page.
Upgrades will be available on My VMware shortly after VMware Fusion 8 becomes publicly available.
Customers with older VMware Fusion versions (1.x, 2.x, 3.x, 4.x and 5.x) will need to purchase a new license.
Complimentary support starts when your VMware Fusion license is registered. Registration takes place automatically if you purchase your product from the VMware Online store. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to register your license in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.