VMWare for Mac to debut August 7

“VMWare will be launching a product on the opening day of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The specific product is a secret, but the folks at VMWare were mightily torqued by my Parallels Desktop review’s unchallenged reference to Parallels’ claim of a hypervisor approach. That’s a debate for another day; probably tomorrow in a phone call with VMWare. But VMWare’s efforts to make sure I come to WWDC with a firm understanding of what a hypervisor is and is not takes some of the mystery out of the Monday announcement,” Tom Yager reports for InfoWorld.

“Parallels probably got wind of this before I did. They hurried to update me on enhancements planned for its Mac products ‘before the end of the year,’ including support for USB 2.0 and the ACPI BIOS that Vista requires. VMWare is undoubtedly going to show Vista running as a guest under Tiger. That could be really interesting if VMWare’s engineers worked out the graphics driver bottleneck that slows down guests’ GUIs. Parallels might just be making sure they have something fresh out there to avoid getting buried by a VMWare PR onslaught. Or it might know some specifics of VMWare’s coming product, in which case we’ve been tipped on two more features VMWare may include in its first trip to the Mac,” Yager reports.

“Unless VMWare just phones it in, its Mac product will land having at least what Parallels does. And if VMWare is on the ball, it’ll get to 64-bit before Parallels does, as well,” Yager reports. “We’ll see VMWare showing off hypervisor, Vista, VT, probably 64-bit and maybe a server product at WWDC. I’m hoping for the home run, the whole enchilada.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Let the games begin!

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  1. I really don’t want to run Windoze on my Mac. It sucks that every once in a while there is an App or a website that only works with Windoze. I am far more interested in the WinE based solutions that allow Apps written for Windoze to run in Mac OS X without even having Windoze installed. I wish Apple would get behind that idea and make that push (I’ll bet that they have had it working in hidden labs for years, now just like the OS X on intel project).

  2. Well WindozeKiller, what if you could run a second copy of OS X on your Mac? Perfect for developers who want to test out a product without affecting their main system. I’m running Parallels but I’m interested to see what VMware has up its sleeve.

  3. Note that on the Windows and Linux side, VMWare now offers a FREE version of its VMWare Server (to compete with the now-also-free Virtual Server from Microsoft). Somehow I doubt the Mac scene will see a fully-featured, free virtualization system anytime soon.

  4. “I hope this is not trouble for Parallels. I love Parallels”

    Why would it be? Firstly, VMWare is bound to be at a higher pricepoint than Parallels. And also this isn’t the operating system market where one company (Microsoft) who cannot live with competition tries underhandedly kill competitors. We should simply be seeing some good competition here, and everyone wins. If it weren’t for VMWare coming on the scene we’d probably be stuck with USB 1 under Parallels forever.

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