updated 01:00 am EDT, Thu August 2, 2007
VMware Fusion ships Aug 6
VMware on Thursday announced that it will release VMware Fusion next week. VMware fusion is its own propietary virtualization software that allows Mac users to simultaneously run Mac OS X, Windows and other PC-based applications. Leveraging nearly a decade of desktop virtualizatio expertise, the company said that VMware Fusion delivers the most advanced Mac virtualization software available today. The software allows Mac users to take advantage of their hardware's full potential by running both 32- and 64-bit operating systems and leveraging two processor cores at the same time, VMWare said that users can use a wide variety of USB 2.0 devices and the software will support more than 60 operating systems, It also features complete power management capabilities to safeguard virtual machines when laptops are running out of battery as well as support for DirectX for gaming aficionados and Boot Camp-based installations (Windows XP).
According to the company, there have been more than 250,000 downloads of VMware Fusion since the beta became available in December 2006.
"VMware Fusion was designed for Mac enthusiasts looking for a seamless way to run Windows applications on the Mac," said Dan Chu, vice president of emerging products and markets at VMware. "VMware Fusion combines a very clean and intuitive interface that Mac users expect with the world's most trusted desktop virtualization platform to allow users to run Mac applications seamlessly alongside PC applications on Intel-based Macs."
VMware Fusion will be available for $80 at the Apple Store, Amazon.com, and other retailers such as Buy.com, Fry's, Microcenter, and CompUSA. Additionally, the software will soon be available through Apple's retail stores and other authorized retailers worldwide. (The beta pricing of $40 will be available through Sunday, August 5th.)