VMware Fusion updated to support Windows 10, but with bug in Unity mode


A week after Parallels was updated to support Windows 10, VMware has followed suit with an update to its Fusion software – but with a bug when used in Unity mode. Unity mode is where Windows apps are run alongside Mac ones.

Fusion was today updated to version 8, with performance improvements as well as Windows 10 compatibility, but the company has confirmed a bug identified by ArsTechnica in which the Windows Start screen is sometimes unavailable (above left) and at other times has the search bar covered by the Mac’s dock (above right). When unavailable, the Toggle Start Screen option is greyed-out … 

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VMware confirmed the bug to us yesterday, and said it will not be fixed in the initial version going out to customers today. It will be fixed in a point release later on.

As with Parallels, Fusion 8 is compatible with El Capitan and supports always-on access to Microsoft’s intelligent assistant, Cortana. It also allows 5K Retina iMacs to run Windows virtual machines in 5K mode.

Fusion 8 costs $79.99 for new users, or $49.99 as an upgrade from Fusion 6 or 7.

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  1. ChristianGeek - 7 years ago

    Either VMware’s servers are overloaded at the moment or they’ve pulled the download.

  2. thestripedlawn - 7 years ago

    how about they stop charging for ‘bug fixes’ and ‘compatibility upgrades’ with bland sweeping statements like ‘performance improvements’. i ‘upgraded’ from 6 to 7 for what? it cost me 50 quid and i got nothing for it as 6 was working fine under Yosemite. in fact, 7 seemed slower. now it’s amounting to that figure every year; which means this software is starting to cost a lot. and no mention of support for current 7 users?


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