With the recent arrivals of OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8, new versions of VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop — the top virtualization tools for running Windows on the Mac — had to be just around the corner.VMware struck first. Today the company rolled out Fusion 5, which formally supports OS X Mountain Lion as both a host and guest and adds Windows Server 2012 and Ubuntu 12.04 to the guest list. (The previous version works with Mountain Lion as well, but without official support or full compatibility.)A new Professional edition lets admins create restricted virtual machine images that lock down VM settings and data, and (using VMware Player) can be run on Windows, Linux, or OS X hosts. Fusion 5 Professional also borrows a developer-friendly feature from VMware Workstation: a virtual network editor that allows you to configure custom networks among virtual machines, either isolated or connected to the outside world. Fusion now also provides performance counters for virtual machines, giving developers valuable information for squeezing maximum efficiency out of software applications.Designed for Mountain Lion, Fusion 5 meshes with a number of Mountain Lion features. You can search Windows apps, as well as OS X apps in the… Read full this story
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