VMware on Monday released an upgrade of its virtualization software for Intel-based Macs, which includes support for Leopard, the latest version of the Mac OS X operating system.
VMware Fusion 1.1 enables the running of Mac OS X and Windows applications simultaneously. Virtualization on the Mac has made the migration from Windows to Apple computers easier for consumers who were unwilling to toss their favorite Windows apps to move to the Mac.
The latest version of Fusion includes more than 25 improvements, according to VMware. Enhancements include better 3-D graphics support and an improved Unity feature. The latter displays Windows applications directly on the Mac desktop, so using them is the same as native Mac applications.
In addition, the upgrade supports Vista 32- and 64-bit editions. The new version also fixes flaws in the previous version, such as the freezing of Windows in certain cases in Unity view.
VMware on Monday also introduced in beta Importer for Fusion. The new software, available at no charge, allows Fusion customers to import virtual machines created by third-party Mac software makers. "Many of our VMware Fusion customers have asked for help using virtual machines created with third party software," Dan Chu, VP of emerging products and markets at VMware, said in a statement.
VMware Fusion 1.1 is available at no charge to existing VMware Fusion 1.0 customers. The software can be downloaded from VMware's Website, and costs $60. A mail-in rebate of $20 is also available.
Fusion, which is available in French, German and Japanese, also is sold through third party retailers. They include Amazon.com, Buy.com, Fry's, Microcenter, CompUSA, MacMall, MacZones, MacConnection and CDW. Apple also sells the software in its stores.