VMWare announced the immediate availability of its Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional virtualization apps for the Mac on Wednesday. The apps let Mac users run several versions of Windows, Linux, and other operating systems in OS X, and the new version 6 includes support for the soon to be released OS X Mavericks as well as Windows 8.1.
VMWare Fusion 6 includes OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1 virtual machine support
Along with Mavericks support, version 6 includes support for Macs running Intel Haswell processors, can include up to 16 virtual CPUs in virtual machines along with 64GB RAM and 8TB virtual drives, and take less of a hit on laptop battery life. The setup assistant for new virtual machines has been redesigned so it's easier to use, too.
The Professional version includes the ability to restrict virtual machines and create virtual machines that expire -- both welcome additions to system administrators. It also includes the ability to block users from creating new virtual machines without authorization, and supports linked clones, which let users duplicate virtual machines without having to copy the full contents of the source PC.
VMWare Fusion 6 is priced at US$59.99, and Fusion 6 Professional costs $129.99. Upgrades from version 5 purchased between August 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013 are free. Upgrades from version 4, or for version 5 owners that purchased before August 1, cost $49.99 and $69.99 for the Professional version.