December 22nd, 2006 by Keith
VMware is renowned for developing virtualization product. Now, VMware has released the latest desktop product for the Macintosh, codenamed Fusion. This VMware Fusion Beta allows Intel-based Macintoshs to run x86 operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, Netware and Solaris in virtual machines.
Built on VMware’s advanced desktop virtualization platform, currently used by over 4 million people, the engine is powering VMware Fusion is considered to be stable and powerful. With this application, users can run traditional PC application on the Mac, by leveraging the power of virtual machine technology.
- - Create and run a wide variety of 32- and 64-bit x86 operating systems on OS X without rebooting. You can simultaneously run PC applications next to your OS X applications.
- - Leverage Virtual SMP capabilities to gain additional performance improvements. On any Mac with dual-core processors, you can assign multiple CPUs to your virtual machine to gain additional performance for CPU-intensive workloads.
- - Access physical devices from the virtual machine: read and burn CDs and DVDs, and use USB 2.0 devices like video cameras, iPods, printers, and disks at full speed. Even devices that do not have drivers for OS X will work in a virtual machine.
- - Drag and drop files and folders between OS X and virtual machines to easily share data between the two environments.
- - Leverage the cross-compatibility of VMware virtual machines. VMware virtual machines created with existing VMware products are all cross compatible, including virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, VMware Player, VMware Server and VMware Infrastructure 3.
- - Run any of the 360 virtual appliances available from the Virtual Appliance Marketplace
Registration is required in order to download the product for free.