By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2007-08-07 Print this article Print

-Friendly"> While Fusion will host a variety of operating systems, the product sports a handful of features devoted just to Windows, starting with a handy VM creation tool called Windows Easy Install. Rather than click through Microsofts installer program, I was able to supply Fusion with a Windows XP SP2 disk image and a product ID number, hit go, and allow Fusion to do the driving. After about 20 minutes, Fusion had built me a new Windows VM, complete with VMwares set of VM-optimized drivers. Also on the Windows-friendliness front, Fusion ships with a feature, called Unity, that enabled me to open Windows applications that ran from my Windows XP VM but that appeared on the desktop of my test OS X machine as if they were native Mac applications—save for their telltale XP window decorations. Combined with Fusions support for dragging and dropping files between ones OS X host and Windows guests, and with the products support for copying and pasting items between host and guest, Unity made running Windows applications atop OS X about as seamless as it could be.
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The biggest issue I experienced while using Windows applications in Fusions Unity mode was OS Xs knack for intercepting the middle-button mouse clicks Im accustomed to issuing to open Web pages in new tabs. On Apples OS, these clicks bring forward the systems Dashboard Widgets feature, and I couldnt figure out a way to work around this behavior. In addition to installing Windows to run from a virtual disk file, Fusion enables users to run Windows from their Boot Camp partition. Apples Boot Camp utility makes it easy to convert ones Mac into an OS X/Windows dual-boot machine. With Fusion, its possible to access the files and applications stored on a Boot Camp installation without having to leave OS X behind. Page 3: Fusion vs. Workstation

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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