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VMware Fusion to ship on Aug 6th

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.)




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  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Parallels

    I have to say that Fusion sounds interesting, but i've had Parallels for so long that i dont think i can justify buying another virtulization application.

    Its a pity that they took so long to come to market.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    which one?

    VMWare made the choice for me. As I was trying to figure out which to buy (and I wasn't thrilled with either), VMWare offered a 50% discount for early purchase. $40 was small enough to take the plunge.

  1. surferboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Fusion is Great

    I had been using parallels for a while. I installed Fusion Beta, and it blows parallels away. Maybe I need to maintain my virtual partition better on parallels, but Fusion is so much faster. The Unity feature is very nice. Their support is slow, but more responsive and professional than parellels.

    My $.02

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    saves me hundreds

    This software allows me to buy one computer instead of 2, so I can use Linux and OS X on the same computer. I wasn't pleased that you had to install it yourself with Parallels and that its latest supported Ubuntu is 5.04 or 5.06 - that is over 2 years old.

  1. jade_pagoda

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    thumbs up

    i've been using fusion for a week now and so far everything has been great. i like the unity feature in this product. i also like the vmware shared folder which can access my mac hd. my boss is using parallel on his mac and we'll compare the two once the final product is shipped next week.

  1. _Rick_V_

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The nod goes to VMware

    I've purchased both Parallels and VMware (I don't care, both products were cheap enough).

    If I had to pick just one, I'd go with VMware. It seems just slightly smoother, the configuration is simpler and more straightforward, and I like that I can use the VM's I built on my Windows machine on my Mac (and vice-versa).

    Parallels is good, too. I just prefer VMware. Both offer trials, so judge for yourself.

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