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Oracle updates cross-platform VM VirtualBox to 4.3, adds multitouch

updated 06:12 pm EDT, Thu October 17, 2013

Update brings OS X 10.9 Mavericks support, USB improvements

Oracle VM VirtualBox has been updated to version 4.3. The newest revision of the virtualization environment for running non-native OS installations introduces a virtual multi-touch user interface, supports additional devices and platforms, and provides enhanced networking capabilities enabling developers to virtualize modern operating system features while maintaining compatibility with legacy operating systems.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 adds the multi-touch interface to support touch-based operating systems and other new virtual devices and utilities, including webcam devices and a session recording facility. This release builds on previous releases with support for the latest Microsoft, Apple, Linux and Oracle Solaris operating systems.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 supports the input device features of the latest platforms such as Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Mac OS X 10.9 in a virtual environment. For Windows 8.1, the new release can also simulate a 10-point multi-touch device. Additionally, improved 3D acceleration accommodates the translucent effects in the latest Linux distributions from Ubuntu and Fedora, and enhanced multi-monitor support allows users with multiple screens to use them from within the virtual environment.

A new virtual USB webcam device enables video conferencing applications such as Skype or Google Hangouts to run in virtual machines. New recording session capabilities allow users to record part, or all, of a virtual machine session using a new video-capture facility.

A new Network Address Translation (NAT) option allows virtual machines to talk to each other on the same host, and communicate with the outside world. The IPv6 protocol is now offered across Bridged, Host-only, Internal and the new NAT networking modes. In addition, the remote display server built-in to Oracle VM VirtualBox can accommodate RDP connections over IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

The update is available now. Oracle VM VirtualBox for Enterprise licenses start at $1,000. Personal use of the software is free for individuals.

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