VMware releases Fusion 3; Seamlessly run Windows, PC applications on your Apple Mac

VMware today announced that VMware Fusion 3 is now available. With more than 50 new features, VMware Fusion 3 makes it easier than ever to run Windows applications with Mac simplicity.

With the new built-in Migration Assistant for Windows, VMware Fusion 3 is more than two times faster than other “Switch to Mac” solutions. Users can move their entire PCs — including applications, files documents, and settings — to their Macs with a simple Ethernet cable, a FireWire cable, or even wirelessly.

VMware Fusion 3 includes more than 50 new features and enhancements. Key highlights include:

• Performance, Finely Tuned. Support for 4-way SMP to maximize performance on the latest iMac and Mac Pro. Lower overhead and up to 2X faster resume time for a suspended virtual machine.

• More Mac-Like Than Ever. Banish the start menu and launch Windows apps from the new “always-on” applications menu, even when VMware Fusion isn’t running. VMware Fusion provides convenient new ways to experience Windows applications like Mac applications.

• Optimized for Snow Leopard. Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware Fusion 3 leverages Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s advanced architecture with a new 64-bit core engine and native support for the 64-bit kernel, delivering even better Windows on Mac performance.

• Ultimate Windows 7 Experience. VMware Fusion 3 will be the first to enable the full Windows 7 experience, side-by-side with your Mac, complete with Windows Aero and Flip 3D.

• Best-in-Class 3D Graphics. Support for OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 will enable users to run their favorite 3D Windows games and applications — all without rebooting.

VMware Fusion 3 is now available at the VMware online store and at authorized United States retailers for a suggested retail price of $79.99 and will be available at authorized worldwide retail locations beginning November 4.

Upgrades from previous versions of VMware Fusion to VMware Fusion 3 are now available for US$39.99.

More info here.

Source: VMware, Inc.

21 Comments

  1. ” …will be available at authorized worldwide retail locations beginning November 4 …”

    * Wonder if this will be available at all of the worldwide Microsoft Retail Stores.

  2. Actually, I’m probably not the one to ask any more. I used Parallels originally, and I liked it only because I had the option of switching the command and control keys, which VMW didn’t originally let you do. I switched to VMW (by this time it had also switched the keys) and I found the interface to be cleaner and less in my way. A lot of people also like Unity mode where Windows windows float freely around OS X, but I prefer to go fullscreen using Spaces – I found that Parallels didn’t always play nice with Spaces.
    That said, I haven’t used Parallels for a couple of versions, so I’m not sure how it’s evolved.

  3. Unfortunately, many of us trying to upgrade are unable to do so. They are having major issues with people trying to upgrade. Seems entirely appropriate since it does involve windows

  4. US$40 is a fairly steep upgrade price, so I’ll need to think carefully before upgrading from version 2. Personally, I doubt that it would be “more than two times faster” than VirtualBox, which seems to get faster each update.

  5. Can you really play graphics-intensive Windows games on it? That’s the only reason I occasionally boot into Windows on my MacBook Pro. It would be nice to get rid of the separate partition.

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