VMware Fusion was upgraded to version 4 today with “over 90 new features” and low introductory $49.99 price. That follows the release two weeks ago of main competitor Parallels with many of the same Lion and speed improvements but heftier $79.99 price tag.

VMware touts three major areas of improvement:

  1. Bring the Magic of OS X Lion to Your Windows Programs. Optimized for OS X Lion including Launchpad, Mission Control, and Spotlight to give the best Windows on Mac experience.
  2. Even More Mac-like. From the installation experience to the redesigned user interface, everything has been refined for the most Mac-like experience when running Windows programs on a Mac.
  3. Better Performance. Faster Graphics. Outstanding Reliability. Turbocharged for today’s multi-core Macs and delivering up to 2.5x faster 3D graphics, VMware Fusion 4 is faster than ever.

Release below:

VMware Fusion 4: Easier. Faster. Designed for Lion. Available Now!

VMware Fusion 4 Box

We are really excited to introduce VMware Fusion 4!

VMware Fusion 4 makes it a breeze to run Windows and Mac Applications side by side with incredible speed and the reliability users need. With more than 90 new and improved features and optimized for today’s multi-core Macs and OS X Lion, VMware Fusion 4 is better than ever.

Key highlights include:

Designed for OS X Lion – Whether you would like to add your favorite Windows programs to Launchpad, experience them in Mission Control, view them in full screen or switch between them using Mac gestures, VMware Fusion 4 is designed to give you the best Windows experience on OS X Lion.

Mission Control Get a bird’s-eye view of your Mac and Windows applications in Mission Control

Even More “Mac-like” – VMware Fusion 4 enhances the way you run Windows programs on a Mac. From the brand-new settings menu to the redesigned virtual machine library and snapshot menu, everything has been refined to give users an even more Mac- like experience when running Windows programs.

Redesigned Snapshots Working with snapshots is even more intuitive!

Get Better Performance and Faster Graphics– VMware Fusion 4 has been engineered to run Windows and Mac applications side by side with incredible speed and the reliability you need. As a 64-bit Cocoa application, it is optimized for today’s multi-core Macs and delivers up to 2.5x faster 3D graphics. VMware Fusion 4 is faster than ever.

3D Performance Graphics

Lion Squared – VMware Fusion 4 now supports OS X Lion in a virtual machine. VMware Fusion 4 lets users get more from their Mac by running OS X Lion, OS X Lion Server, Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server and Mac OS X Leopard Server in virtual machines.

Multiple Virtual Machines XP 7 and Lion VMware Fusion 4 supports more than 200 operating systems!

Availability and Pricing

VMware Fusion 4 is available immediately in the VMware online store and will be on the shelves starting this weekend through VMware’s network of resellers and distributors for a promotional price of $49.99 instead of $79.99.

That’s right, one edition, one price to switch to Mac and run Windows without rebooting. Everyone gets our best price through the end of the year!

What if you just bought VMware Fusion 3?

Through our Technology Guarantee Program, customers who have purchased VMware Fusion 3 since OS X Lion became available on 7/20/11 are eligible for a complimentary electronic upgrade to VMware Fusion 4. To get your free electronic upgrade click here.

If you cannot wait any longer to upgrade to VMware Fusion 4, we suggest you make the most of our VMware Fusion 4 free 30-day trial offer.

Stay Tuned! Over the next few weeks we look forward to diving deaper into some of the great new and improved features of VMware Fusion 4 on the Team Fusion blog. We hope you enjoy VMware Fusion 4 as much as we do!

What’s Included:

  • VMware Fusion 4
  • Switch to Mac functionality with the included Migration Assistant for Windows
  • 18 months of free e-mail support (in English) after product registration
  • 12-month free subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus

Note: Microsoft Windows is not Included.

You can download Version 4 for $49.99.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Seth Weintraub

Publisher and Editorial Director of the 9to5/Electrek sites.

Seth Weintraub's favorite gear