VMware Fusion 2.0 Public Beta 1 free download now available

VMware had announced the availability of VMware Fusion 2.0 Public Beta 1.

VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1 brings support for multiple displays, tools for even easier switching to VMware Fusion, experimental support for DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 2 3D acceleration, and more:

Direct link to video via YouTube here.

When released, VMware Fusion 2.0 will be a free downloadable upgrade for all VMware Fusion 1.x users, as a sincere thank you to VMware Fusion early adopters.

VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1 is available as a free download.

More info here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Richard” for the heads up.]


  1. I prefer Fusion over Parallels, having used Parallels for several months before making the switch to Fusion in order to get 64-bit guest OS support.

    Damn nice to give a free upgrade to V1 customers.

  2. My experience with Fusion is limited, but I gotta say that using Parallels with Spaces is sweet. Very slick, very convenient. Overall, I’d say we are fortunate to have two strong virtualization products — the competition is making both better.

  3. Ok, curious to hear from some of you VMWare guys and gals about what makes you prefer it to Parallels. I have been using Parallels (primarily for Lotus Notes…blech) for about a year now, but am open to switching if I can be made to understand what adavantage(s) VMWare offers.

    I will say, at least one score for Parallels is that it doesn’t have any issues working with Spaces, as hairbo above implied being the case with VMWare.

  4. “Ok, curious to hear from some of you VMWare guys and gals about what makes you prefer it to Parallels.”

    Hoops, lack of.

    I tried them both. Parallels messed me about when I tried to download it and then crashed when I installed it. At the time, Fusion was faster and also comes from a more experienced company in virtualisation. Oh, and the Fusion logo is better.

    It’s all much of a muchness anyway – even when I made my choice. There’s very little difference between them.

  5. I own both. I prefer Fusion. Parallels lost me when one of their upgrades did not recognize some Linux VM’s I made with an older version. I refuse to lose hours of work over a minor upgrade. An incompatibility that was not documented, BTW.

    Just my $0.02

  6. What do I need something like this or Parallels for? I can run Windows on my Dell just fine.

    I suppose it’s good for you MAC sheep to try a real world operating system like Windows so maybe you’ll become comfortable making switch from your little girly toy MACs to the robust, secure Windows platform. You’re gonna love it.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  7. I am using VMware Fusion 1.0 and while Unity is pretty cool, I barely touch Windows. Come on VMware, make Unity work with Linux. I’ve got my Linux VM open daily and would love to run individual apps in Unity like I can Windows apps.

  8. I use Fusion because I run a lot of ESX servers (and have since ESX 1.5.1) and am very familiar with how VMware does things.

    MW: you have the “freedom” to choose which you want to use

  9. I have VMware, and my main reasons for purchasing it over Parallels were: (1) online comparisons in favor of VMware; (2) feedback from friends who had purchased Parallels and wished they had VMware; (3) I downloaded the Parallels demo, but it refused to install and run … that was the last straw.

    I’m looking forward to this 2.0 upgrade.

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