I have a few quick questions related to vmware fusion pro ... if it is even possible to answer them:
That's a reasonable expectation - the tech preview look like it'll be refreshed in july, and VMWare's conference is in early fall. Cards seem to be aligning towards a release then. Windows ARM support is the wildcard, but they've hinted at better support.
I really don't think that there will be a free update to Fusion 12 for either Ventura or ARM, but they could surprise us. Broadcom has already indicated they want to pivot to a subscription model, and this would be a natural cutover point.
For personal use on intel, you can get a free license for 12, and the tech preview is free for ARM. If you can, stick with those until the licensing situation becomes more clear.
@ColoradoMarmot If they do convert their offerings to a subscription service, VMware needs to do two things at a minimum or it will be a non-starter:
<start speculation> I could see them actually keeping the current price for pro, adding email support, and then have a secondary 'free' consumer license that has no support. But having been through M&A before (on both sides), broadcom will be looking to recoup revenue as quickly as possible, so I wouldn't hold out for much of a reduction. And I don't see phone support coming, because they're not structured for consumer support. Though I do wonder how much love desktop virtualization is going to get in any case<end speculation>
FWIW, parallels tech support isn't great, and their forum is, well, almost useless. So you get what you pay for.
To be fair, If you keep up with OS Versions Fusion is essentially a subscription already, it's just hidden behind 'annual, perpetual, upgrades'.