updated 09:35 am EDT, Tue October 27, 2009
Concentrates on graphics, 64-bit core
Formally announced earlier this month, VMware today began shipping Fusion 3, an updated version of its Mac virtualization software. The app runs Windows programs within a Mac environment, reducing or eliminating the need to use Boot Camp. Upgrades in v3 include a new 64-bit core engine, claimed to improve performance for both Snow Leopard and the recently-launched Windows 7.
The software also concentrates on graphics, incorporating OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 support for wider compatibility, particularly in terms of games. The interface has been enhanced with several additions, including the ability to cycle through Windows apps using hotkeys or Dock Expose. The "Always On" Applications Menu meanwhile lets users launch Windows programs without opening Fusion first.
Over 50 changes are said to have been made in total, among them being the inclusion of a migration tool for transferring a connected PC's content into a Mac virtual machine. Fusion 3 is $80 new, or $40 as an upgrade. Those who have bought Fusion 2.x sometime between October 1st and November 30th are eligible for a free v3 upgrade.