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

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..

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