“VMware has released the latest version of the popular Mac virtualization package, Fusion 3 [US$69], and Ars puts it through its paces with a battery of benchmarks and usage scenarios,” Dave Girard reports for Ars Technica.
“The VMware interface was always very functional with decent integration, but version 3 makes some welcome tweaks. The menus have been rearranged and the hub of interacting with VMs, the Virtual Machine Library, got an overhaul to make it more welcoming,” Girard reports. “Those are all pretty unremarkable except for the new switcher-friendly ability to convert a Windows PC to a VM. While the ‘Connect your PC to your Mac with a simple Ethernet cable’ migration tool is cool, if you install Apple’s Bonjour for Windows, you can automatically discover your PC on the network and do the import that way.”
“VMware Fusion has always had a stable, fast foundation, and version 3 continues to impress by pulling off a seemingly flawless 64-bit transition. The buggy OpenGL 2.1 is really the only major failing of version 3, but it’s bad enough that the random apps tested were unusable,” Girard reports. “If you don’t plan on running any OpenGL apps any time soon, it’s an easily recommended upgrade and a solid choice if you’re new to virtualization.”
Read the extremely comprehensive (as usual) Ars review – recommended – here.