VMware Adds 20 New Features to Fusion 3 Windows-on-Mac Package

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-05-27 Print this article Print

The downloadable update for current Fusion 3 customers, Fusion 3.1, boasts improved 3D graphics, a new USB "easy connect" and 18 other new features.

VMware on May 26 announced that it has upgraded its popular Fusion virtualization package, which enables Mac users to run the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems and their applications in a virtual machine on the desktop.

The downloadable update for current Fusion 3 customers, Fusion 3.1,  boasts improved 3D graphics, a new USB "easy connect" and 18 other new features.

Key highlights of the new release, according to VMware, include: faster application launching, more seamless scrolling, and quicker resume from "suspend;" improved 3D graphics (with Windows Aero) performance; OpenGL 2.1 support for Windows Vista and Windows 7; and USB EasyConnect, which makes it easier to assign a USB device to a virtual machine or a Mac and remembers the preference.

Fusion 3.1 is also supported by Autodesk for AutoCAD 2011, VMware said. The v3.1 update also features support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard's Dock Expose, which makes Windows apps have the look and feel of  Mac apps, VMware said.

Fusion 3.1 also adds support for 8-way SMP and an increased virtual hard disk size from 950 GB to 2 TB, VMware said. Advanced users get more performance out of the Mac Pro and Xserve from Apple, the company said.

Availability and pricing

VMware Fusion 3 users can automatically download the free update to VMware Fusion 3.1 via the built-in software update feature. Users who wish to upgrade from previous versions of VMware Fusion may do so at this site for $39.99.

For new users, VMware Fusion is available at this site, the Apple Online Store. Apple retail stores, Amazon.com, and authorized resellers. The suggested retail price of $79.99 includes all of the software needed to switch from a PC to a Mac, VMware said..

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel