VMware release Workstation 7 and Fusion 3
Well it certainly has been a busy month for the PC virtualization specialists, VMware, Inc. After their public beta of Workstation 7
, they’ve brought out the full versions of both Workstation 7, their flagship desktop software which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year; and VMware Fusion 3, the award winning ‘run Windows on a Mac’ solution.
VMware have been making a big deal about Workstation 7’s support for Windows 7 and advanced 3D graphics, as can be seen in their official list of improvements:
• Best in Class Windows 7 Support. VMware Workstation 7 is optimized for maximum performance when running on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 PCs and works seamlessly with Flip 3D and Aero Peek to show live virtual machine activity.
• The Best 3D Graphics. Run even more 3D applications with support for Windows Aero, DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 in Windows virtual machines.
• Features Designed for Professionals. VMware Workstation 7 streamlines software development and testing with new IDE integrations for the SpringSource Tools Suite and Eclipse IDE for Java & C/C++ along with Record Replay Debugging improvements that make it faster to find non-deterministic bugs.
• Most Advanced Virtualization Capabilities. Run 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems with up to four virtual CPUs and 32GB of RAM dedicated to each virtual machine.
Workstation 7 is available for download now from VMware here
for $189 USD (Around £143.78 at the time of writing), while the official page
offers a free 30-day trial. I highly recommend at least the trial to anybody experimenting with operating systems without already using virtualization software.
VMware’s other new release is Fusion 3. This Mac software is designed purely to give Apple users the best of both worlds. Some of the key features of this release are:
• Performance, Finely Tuned. Support for 4-way SMP to maximize performance on the latest iMac and Mac Pro. Lower overhead and up to 2X faster resume time for a suspended virtual machine.
• More Mac-Like Than Ever. Banish the start menu and launch Windows apps from the new “always-on” applications menu, even when VMware Fusion isn’t running. VMware Fusion provides convenient new ways to experience Windows applications like Mac applications.
• Optimized for Snow Leopard. Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware Fusion 3 leverages Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s advanced architecture with a new 64-bit core engine and native support for the 64-bit kernel, delivering even better Windows on Mac performance.
• Ultimate Windows 7 Experience. VMware Fusion 3 will be the first to enable the full Windows 7 experience, side-by-side with your Mac, complete with Windows Aero and Flip 3D.
• Best-in-Class 3D Graphics. Support for OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 will enable users to run their favourite 3D Windows games and applications – all without rebooting.
That all sounds rather good for you Mac users out there, with a similar feature set to the Windows/Linux hosted Workstation 7 software, only optimized for those of you who prefer the fruitier side of computing…
As with Workstation 7, VMware Fusion 3 is available download now, however it’s only $79.99 (£53.95), or $99.99 (£67.37) with a subscription to receive any new releases of the software for the next 12 months. You can buy Fusion 3 here
, and VMware also offer volume pricing for customers wishing to purchase 10 or more licenses.