VMware Fusion 8 brings support for Windows 10, Cortana and DirectX 10

VMware has released Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro. This latest iteration of the company's virtualization suite enables consumers with a Mac to install and boot Windows without forking out for a separate PC. Fusion 8 introduces a number of new features, including support for Windows 10, DirectX 10, OS X El Capitan and even Microsoft's personal assistant Cortana.

In Fusion 8, we're looking at improved 3D graphics acceleration with support for not only Microsoft's DirectX 10, but also OpenGL 3.3. VMware's latest release packs in 64-bit support with up to 16 virtual CPUs, 64GB of RAM and 8TB worth of space dedicated to the Windows 10 virtual machine.

For those with top-of-the-range Macs, the VMware team has optimized its suite for the iMac with the Retina 5K display, as well as the 12-inch MacBook. Running Windows 10 will supply 5K resolutions, with USB-C support and Force Touch. Pricing and purchase links follow below, but do note that existing Fusion customers will be able to upgrade for a discounted fee.

Interested in learning more about Windows 10? Check out our Windows 10 review.

Rich Edmonds
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • DirectX 10 or DirectX 12?
  • Would be impressive if it was 12
  • I looked it up on the vmware website and there it also says directx 10, and they write it as if it was something new. :D
  • It is probably a misprint on the website because Microsoft skipped DirectX 10 publicly.
  • Maybe I should of bought a vm for my MacBook pro.
    The tech booth at my college said that boot camp offered the best performance so that's what I did.
    It is nice and snappy but battery life is horrible. 2-3 hours vs around 10 with os x! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Oneplus One
  • Should've just got a Windows laptop, I get 10 hrs on my Surface Pro 3.
  • Wish they would fix Workstation 11...what a POS...
  • VMWare had support for dx9.3 until recently, the virtual graphics driver could only support features found in 9.3 cards. So yah, that is impressive that show that they work their way up to 12.
    You can use win10+dx12 on VMware, and even see some benefits from 12s multithreading.
    Dx 10 had some compute features and geometry shaders.
  • I like the fact that every writer at windowscentral is now deleting my comments from all posts. This shows the respect and power of truth. Truth wins...,,yeah
  • Can you use the Mac Hot Corners and other gestures with Fusion 8? Thanks!