VMware today released the Beta 4 release of VMware Fusion for Mac, a desktop application that lets you create and run virtual machines on your Intel-based Mac. VMware Fusion supports Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems in virtual machines.
Fusion Beta 4 includes the following new features and feature improvements:
• Unity: The seamless way to run Windows applications: Run Windows XP applications alongside your favorite Mac applications and switch between any open application with command-tab or Exposé. Leave the Windows desktop and Start menu behind and use the VMware Fusion Launch palette to quickly find and launch your Windows applications. Save your favorite Windows applications to the Mac OS X Dock. Even use familiar Mac keyboard shortcuts to seamlessly copy and paste between Windows and Mac applications.
• Boot Camp improvements: You no longer have to choose between Windows or Mac-run Windows XP with Mac OS X off your existing Boot Camp partition. Beta 4 adds experimental support for Microsoft Vista, greatly improves Boot Camp partition detection, and when you are running the Boot Camp partition in a virtual machine, VMware Fusion automatically updates the Boot Camp partition to use drivers that are optimized for your virtual machine.
• Improved performance: Virtual machines boot faster and applications launch faster from virtual hard disks. Interactive performance is improved over previous betas and VMware Fusion now uses Apple’s multithreaded OpenGL engine for improved performance.
• Improved user experience: The toolbar is greatly enhanced and is now completely customizable. To make the display less cluttered and easier to use, the virtual hardware buttons have been moved from the toolbar to the status bar. The virtual machine hardware editor is a now sheet attached to the virtual machine you are editing.
More info and download link here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Matthew” for the heads up.]