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Run Other Computer OS Alongside Your macOS

VMware Fusion is a software virtualization hypervisor—or virtual machine monitor—developed by VMware for Mac computers. This software tool gives you a virtual machine and allows your Intel-based Mac to run operating systems such as  Microsoft Windows and Linux alongside its macOS operating system. VMware Fusion lets you have the power to run several OS on your Mac with all of their applications—without having to reboot. It’s simple enough for home users and powerful enough for IT professionals, developers, and businesses.

Game for Anything

You can run nearly any operating system on your Mac with VMware Fusion. As long as it’s supported and you’ve got enough space for them, you can get them to work alongside your collection of OS. From lesser-known Linux distributions to the latest Windows 10 release, there’s not much limit you’ll see. You can even connect with VMware’s vSphere, ESXi, and Workstation products to launch, control, and manage both virtual machines and physical host machines. It’s a great set-up for businesses needing such a complex computer system. 

A Powerful Development Platform

If you’re a developer, VMware Fusion makes it easy for you to test on almost any OS and app on your Mac. You can freely test out your work while your files are secure. The pro version of Fusion is integrated with modern development tools like Docker and Vagrant, too, so it’s much more convenient to work on your apps.  There’s no need to be worried about losing progress, either. You can run an entire virtual cloud stack on a single Mac so you can go all-out and design complex software solutions on your machine.

Quick Adapter

In the corporate setting, you can configure user settings like the abilities to copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, use shared folders, and gain access to USB devices with VMware Fusion, as well. It’s a convenient and easy way to secure important data within the business. However, Fusion is also great for personal home use, as running other OS can give you access to apps exclusive to those operating systems. You can make your PC flexible, too—keeping two OS apart or combining them, and even switching old and new versions of an operating system.

Fierce Competition

As a virtual machine monitor for Mac, VMware Fusion operates reliably and is powerful enough to support several operating systems. The amount of supported platforms is astounding, as well. However, when compared to its rival Parallels Desktop, it’s slower in performance and less beginner-friendly. Its users cannot deny that it’s a good software to use, though, so if your criteria matches what VMware Fusion offers, give it a try.


  • Tons of supported OS
  • Flexible with what you need
  • Integrated with development tools
  • Compatible with other VMware products


  • Slower than its rival
  • A bit confusing to beginners
  • Not great with 3D gaming
  • User interface isn’t easy to use

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