How to justify a VMware Fusion 11.5 upgrade: Focus on three new features

Upgrading each time a manufacturer releases a new version of an application isn’t always in the cards, but investing in a VMware Fusion 11.5 update is no gamble. Here’s why it’s a sure bet.


Figure A: VMware Fusion 11.5 introduces several important new features.

Erik Eckel

Not every application release is a required upgrade, but some updates are more important than others. VMware Fusion 11.5, the desktop virtualization software that permits running Windows in macOS, offers several features that justify upgrading.

First, VMware Fusion 11.5 resolves issues running Windows virtual machines (VMs) on macOS Catalina (Figure A). Even before macOS Catalina was officially released, VMware Fusion 11 users began experiencing trouble running their Windows VMs. Mac users who chose to load the macOS Catalina beta reported kernel panics and other issues. I waited, but when I installed the public release of macOS Catalina in October, I discovered my VMware Fusion 11 install would no longer boot up. The solution was to download and install the VMware Fusion 11.5 upgrade, which proved a painless operation requiring only minutes to complete.

So, if you run VMware Fusion to power a Windows installation on your Mac, and you wish to install macOS Catalina, you’re going to require the VMware Fusion 11.5 upgrade. That fact, alone, justifies the update.

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Second, VMware Fusion 11.5 includes Dark Mode support. Dark Mode, which some might initially write off as nothing more than the equivalent of a favorite item being introduced in a new shade, is proving to be a productivity-enhancing innovation that is making a real difference for many Mac users. The darker, low-light friendly implementation is more consistent with other Mac Dark Mode-compatible applications, and having Dark Mode support…