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Old Oct 6, 2009, 09:42 AM   #1
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VMware Fusion 3 to Launch October 27th



VMware today announced the October 27th launch of VMware Fusion 3, a significant update to the company's virtualization solution that allows Mac users to run Windows applications right alongside OS X applications. The new version reportedly brings over 50 new features and improvements, including Snow Leopard optimization and full Windows 7 compatibility.
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- 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.

- Switching Made Easy. VMware Fusion 3 will make it easy for users to bring their entire PC to their Mac in a few easy steps - wirelessly or with a simple Ethernet cable - allowing customers to protect investments in existing Windows software, and to keep using the programs they still need.

- Best-in-Class 3D Graphics. Support for OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 will enable users to run their favorite 3D Windows games and applications - all without rebooting.
VMware Fusion 3 is now available for pre-order at a suggested price of $79.99, with upgrading pricing of $39.99 available to current VMware Fusion users.

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Old Oct 6, 2009, 09:46 AM   #2
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Awesome, was waiting for this. Will be interesting to see how this stacks up against Parallels now...
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 09:50 AM   #3
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Looks interesting. I normally use BootCamp full time, but if this is good enough, I may switch over.
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 09:56 AM   #4
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Is there a Beta of Fusion 3 available.
Please notify me! I need it!
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 09:58 AM   #5
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I am so getting this!!
The only question is whether it will be able to run Left4Dead and or other Source games properly - I never could get it working on Fusion 2.
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 09:58 AM   #6
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Think I'll stick with BootCamp for now....
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:00 AM   #7
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Good! VMware Fusion 2.0 was feeling sluggish after I upgraded to Snow Leopard.
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:03 AM   #8
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Is there a Beta of Fusion 3 available.
Please notify me! I need it!
There is no public beta available (it was private testing).

I'm still under the NDA, but I've been testing it extensively, and the speed increase is noticable. I still can't get Aero in my VM working properly, but the new features are GREAT!
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:03 AM   #9
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I wonder if the Flip 3D and Aero interface works in unity mode. Parallels has this but requires you to be in Fullscreen or Windows and not Coherence mode.

Edit: I was referring to the Parallels 5 beta currently in testing.

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Give it to me.

Right now.

...

You're not giving it to me.

Give it to me faster!
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:03 AM   #11
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Alternatively, Sun's free VirtualBox already rocks via Snow Leopard....

http://www.virtualbox.org
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:04 AM   #12
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- Best-in-Class 3D Graphics. Support for OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 will enable users to run their favorite 3D Windows games and applications - all without rebooting.
Games?

That's all I need to hear!
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:04 AM   #13
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Looks interesting. I normally use BootCamp full time, but if this is good enough, I may switch over.
I use both, but install Windows on BC and then let Fusion use the BC partition. It's the best of both worlds since sometimes older s/w doesn't like Fusions "virtual" ports but will work fine in BC. 99% of the time I use Fusion. You hardly know it's virtualization s/w and sure beats having to shutdown/reboot to use Win. However, for some tasks, unfortunately, you need BC. Maybe Fusion 3 will change that. We'll see.
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:07 AM   #14
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Is there any advantage to preordering? The website seems no longer to offer the old version for sale (which is good), so it's hard to tell...

My feeling is: it can't possibly be as machine destroying as Parallels.
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What about true second monitor support for running applications such as EasyWorship?
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Alternatively, Sun's free VirtualBox already rocks via Snow Leopard....

http://www.virtualbox.org
Yep. VirtualBox works for me.
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:11 AM   #17
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So this is why they had the 2.0.5 on discount.....
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What about true second monitor support for running applications such as EasyWorship?
I know this probably doesn't help you much, but we use ProPresenter and I'm very happy with it.
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I wonder if the Flip 3D and Aero interface works in unity mode. Parallels has this but requires you to be in Fullscreen or Windows and not Coherence mode.

Edit: I was referring to the Parallels 5 beta currently in testing.
No, they do not work in Unity.
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:14 AM   #20
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Is there any advantage to preordering? The website seems no longer to offer the old version for sale (which is good), so it's hard to tell...

My feeling is: it can't possibly be as machine destroying as Parallels.
I can't imagine there's a faster way to get it then by just downloading when it's available. I'm sure that'd be true for upgrades.
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:14 AM   #21
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I'll definitely be getting this and getting rid of Parallels. And no more Boot Camp either, now that I can run Aero.
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VMware rocks but Parallels 5 is looking good.

I wish I had the Beta so I could test the two I am a Fusion 2 owner and like the overall experience of the past releases.

Please invite me to the Beta.... Please
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:16 AM   #23
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I'll definitely be getting this and getting rid of Parallels. And no more Boot Camp either, now that I can run Aero.
As I mentioned in my post, Parallels does Aero too in their upcoming version. Another poster mentioned that that neither support it in Coherence or Unity mode though.
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:18 AM   #24
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Hmmm when I switched from windows I never really saw the need to use windows EVER. Heck I didn't even give it a second thought. I don't really wan't to stain my system with windows 7 so I'll be giving VMware a pass thankyouverymuch

p.s. I weaned myself of games by the time I was 21 so that isn't much of an issue either
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So, to anyone is in the beta, can you tell us what your "Windows Experience Index"is when running a VM compared to running on it's own (under Bootcamp)?

Aero compatibility, to me, would mean they're finally getting graphics processing to the capabilities on par with running the native OS. I'd like to know how close they're getting.
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