Last month, VMware announced the next major version of its Mac virtualization software, Fusion 12, and as of today, the update is now available.
As we noted last month, Fusion 12 includes a number of updates and enhancements, such as eGPU compatibility, container-based application support built with Kubernetes, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 support, improved sandbox rendering engine security, improved accessibility control, and more.
Fusion 12 is also optimized for MacOS Big Sur with both host and guest support for Apple’s upcoming release. On systems running macOS Catalina, Fusion 12 will continue to run with core extensions as before, but on macOS Big Sur, Fusion will leverage Apple’s APIs to run virtual machines and containers.
With the launch of Fusion 12, VMware is also restructuring its license to bring it in line with Workstation 16, Fusion’s sister software for Windows and Linux. The basic level of Fusion is now known as Fusion 12 Player and is free for personal use for the first time. A commercial license is priced at $ 149, with a $ 79 upgrade license available. Discounted training rates will also be available, though many of these users are eligible for free personal licensing.
Aimed at developers and IT professionals instead of typical consumer and business users, the Fusion 12 Pro offers some extra features and a license to run on up to three machines. In particular, this is a cross-platform license that allows for any combination of three machines using Fusion 12 or Workstation 16 across Mac, Windows and Linux. Fusion 12 Pro is priced at $ 199 or $ 99 as an upgrade.
To keep up with Apple’s advanced technologies, Fusion requires 12 macOS Catalina or Big Sur. For users with systems still on macOS Mojave, a Fusion 12 license key is valid to enable Fusion 11.5.6 on these machines.
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