VMware Fusion 3 “should also quickly become the de facto tool for gracefully switching to the Mac as you can preserve an old PC almost entirely without having to cut the cord for Windows-native apps until you’re truly ready,” MacNN reports. “That sense of companionship is particularly relevant in Unity mode, as jumping back and forth between Mac and Windows apps is seamless, and it’s easier to launch or manage apps without the temptation to switch back to single window or full screen views.”
“If there’s a flaw, it’s in the expectations that VMware sets for what you can do. Aero Glass and typical VM-friendly apps will work, but despite marketing speak we’d treat the extra graphics support as useful for compatibility alone, not as a redefinition of what you can do with virtual operating systems. Gamers will still want Boot Camp at the ready, and we’d recommend that serious VM users have as fast a system as possible if they want a transparent experience. The addition of quad-core iMacs couldn’t have come at a better time,” MacNN reports.
“Even with that performance overhead, we’d still say that Fusion 3 is easily the go-to app if you depend on Windows for testing or still need a connection to Windows before you move completely to the Mac universe. At $80 it’s inexpensive enough to be both a viable companion to a copy of Windows and a worthwhile upgrade from an earlier version of Fusion,” MacNN reports.
There’s much, much more in the full review – recommended – here.