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Windows 7 On Mac Supported In Next VMware Fusion

The new version, due Oct. 27, supports the full Windows 7 experience, including the Aero interface.

VMware added support for Windows 7 to the next version of Fusion virtualization software for the Mac, which the company plans to ship Oct. 27,

VMware started taking pre-orders for Fusion 3 on Tuesday. The product will sell for $80 to new customers, and $40 for upgrades.

Support for Microsoft Windows 7, set for release Oct. 22, and Apple's Snow Leopard, the last version of Mac OS X, are key features of Fusion 3, which has about 50 new features and improvements to current capabilities.

The new product provides a full Windows 7 experience, including support for the Aero interface and Flip 3D task switching, according to VMware. In addition, Fusion 3 supports graphics technology in Microsoft's OS, including OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3, in to run 3D Windows games and applications.

Users can migrate the Windows operating system and applications running on a PC to the Mac over a wireless network or Ethernet cable. Parallels, VMware's major competitor in the Windows-on-Mac market, enables such transfers on its namesake software using a USB cable, but has yet to support for Windows 7.

VMware launched Fusion for the Mac about two years ago. Apple offers its own software, called Boot Camp, for running Windows on the Mac, but the Apple software requires that users re-boot into Windows, and then re-boot again to return to Mac OS. Fusion and Parallels allow users to run Windows and Mac OS simultaneously.

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