VMWare tempts Mac users with "ultimate" Windows 7 experience

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

VMWare has rolled out its Fusion 3 virtualization platform for Mac OS X. The $80 Fusion 3 - which offers 50 new features - allows users to run native Windows applications with "Mac simplicity."

According to VMWare, Fusion 3 is fully optimized for Snow Leopard with a 64-bit core engine that was specifically designed to function alongside Windows 7's 64-bit kernel.

Fusion 3 also supports Windows Aero, Flip 3D, OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 for 3D gaming.

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In addition, the virtualization platform uses four way SMP to maximize performance on the latest iMac and Mac Pro models by lowering overhead and facilitating up to 2X faster resume time for a suspended virtual machine.

The SMP feature allows systems to efficiently balance workloads by shifting tasks between processors.

VMWare Fusion 3 has already garnered a number of endorsements, including one from Dale Puckett of Brainworks Software.

"I am not a virtualization guru, in fact, I know very little about how it all works, but as an early VMware Fusion 3 user, I don't need to – it just works," said Puckett.

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"At work I use a Dell laptop running 64-bit Windows 7. At night and on the weekends, VMware Fusion 3 makes it possible for me to continue my development using my iMac running Windows 7 side-by-side with Snow Leopard. And as a Microsoft developer, support for features like Windows Aero makes all the difference in the world."