updated 09:25 am EDT, Wed September 26, 2007
VMware Fusion 1.1 beta
VMware has released the v1.1 beta of Fusion, its Windows virtualization software for Mac OS X. The new version adds host of important changes, most notably "experimental" DirectX 9.0 rendering. This may enable compatibility with more games and other 3D applications, though VMware cautions that no shaders are supported in this mode. The software now also has improved USB functionality, and specifically support for the iPhone, allowing users to sync the device with Microsoft Outlook. The Unity mode, meanwhile, has been improved in several ways by itself, such as through increased compatibility with the 64-bit edition of Windows XP, and both the 32- and 64-bit editions of Vista.
A variety of bugs have been eliminated too, including one in which Airport would consume 100 percent of CPU use if Fusion was installed. Mouse scrollwheel speed in Unity has been fixed, and Fusion should no longer hang when suspending or resuming virtual machines while FileVault is active. Device menus are said to work properly for Mac OS X Leopard hosts. Fusion requires an Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.4.9, and at least 1GB of free disk space for each virtual machine. Users must register with VMware in order to download the beta.