Heads up Mac users! VMware just announced the latest version of ‘VMware Fusion 3,’ which allows users to run Windows side-by-side on OS X.
The latest version, set to be released on Oct. 27, 2009, will now have full support for Snow Leopard, along with full support for the features in Windows 7, including Aero. Along with more than 50 new features and enhancements, VMware Fusion 3 will offer much greater support for graphics-intensive games and applications in Windows. 3D graphics support has now been extended to run OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c without rebooting. Thanks to the new 64-bit core engine, speeds and visuals, along with an improved battery life, have also been implemented into the latest version.
VMware Fusion 3 will also support a migration utility, that will allow users to import a real Windows machine over the network.
On their official blog, the VMware team also revealed that Fusion 3 can now run Windows apps side by side Mac apps more effectively than ever. “VMware Fusion has been designed from the beginning to make it easy to run Windows apps like Mac apps. VMware Fusion 3 makes it even better with the “Always On” Applications Menu that banishes the Windows Start menu from your Mac and lets you find and launch Windows apps like Mac apps, even when VMware Fusion is not running. Cycle through open Windows apps with “ command ` ”, quit individual Windows applications with “command q”, and use Dock Exposé with Windows apps. ”
VMware Fusion 3 has a retail price of $79.99 and will be available on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Those upgrading from previous versions of the application can do so at the discounted price of $39.99. Those who bought version 2 from Oct. 1, 2009 through the end of November will qualify for a free downloadable upgrade after filling out an online form and providing proof of purchase.