VMware has released an update for its Fusion MacOS virtualisation platform.
The company said that Fusion 5, which allows users to simultaneously run OS X and Windows on Macintosh systems, would bring support for both OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8.
Among the enhancements delivered in the update will be support for USB 3 and AirPlay streaming capabilities. The update will also support larger memory capacities and will offer better support for Retina display hardware.
The addition of Windows 8 will also bring support for the 'Metro' or 'Modern' interface. The company said that users will be able to access applications through both Metro and the Mountain Lion Launch Pad interface.
VMware plans to offer Fusion 5 in both a standard edition and a premium 'Professional' version which will include additional support, management and security protections.
"While the number of users adopting Macs continue to rise, the business environment is still dominated by Windows," said VMware director of personal products Jason Joel.
"Leveraging our experience with consumer and enterprise end-users, we believe this new version of the product is the best solution on the market for users who want to run Windows on Mac simultaneously."
The company said that the standard edition of Fusion 5 will be priced at $49, while the Porfessional build will cost $99. Users of previous versions of Fusion will be able to upgrade to Fusion 5 Professional for $49.
The release of Fusion 5 comes ahead of a planned October release for Windows 8. Microsoft has already delivered the platform to OEMs and developers, and a number of new systems are expected to be released alongside the new operating system.
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