VMWare Fusion 2.0 For Mac Relased….One Less Reason To Run A Real PC [UPDATED]

If you need to run that crappy operating system Windows on your glorious and superior Macintosh, this news will interest you. VMWare Fusion 2.0 has hit the streets:

“Building on the award-winning VMware Fusion 1.x, and leveraging nearly a decade of desktop virtualization technology, VMware Fusion 2 delivers the most advanced Mac virtualization software available today.  VMware Fusion breaks down the walls between Windows and Mac OS X, transforming Windows applications to work seamlessly within OS X like native applications, letting users launch any Mac file with any Windows application, seamlessly share data and folders between Windows and Mac, use Windows applications across multiple monitors, and even custom map the Mac keyboard to special keystrokes for Windows applications.

VMware Fusion 2 also makes Windows even safer on the Mac, through automatic virtual machine snapshots, that keep Windows safe from bumps in the road, and an embedded, complimentary 12-month subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus.

Power users will be happy that VMware Fusion 2 incorporates more of the raw technological power that VMware virtualization technology is known for, including multiple snapshots, the ability to add up to four virtual CPUs to a virtual machine, and newly added support for Mac OS X Leopard Server as a virtual machine.”

Parallels must just be quaking in their boots as one of the things that VMWare has brought to the table is DirectX9 support. That means that you can play all of those PC only games that have 3D images within VMWare Fusion. Parallels is going to have to step up their game if they wish to compete as they currently don’t have DirectX9 support.

If you already run VMWare Fusion 1.x, you can upgrade for free by clicking this link. If you want to try it, they offer a 30 day trial as well. I’ll be downloading it tonight to see what it’s like. If the USB support is better than Fusion 1.x, then I may be tempted to switch from Parallels Desktop.

UPDATE: Downloaded it, tried it, it’s FAST. It migrated my test Windows 2000 virtual machine from Parallels Desktop with ease. It worked with a few games that I tried it with. To top it off, I didn’t even have to read the manual to use it. But that’s where the good news ends. The bad news is that it works with every USB device I tried it with except my MobiKEY which Parallels Desktop has no problem using. That’s a deal breaker for me. I’ll be sticking with Parallels Desktop for the time being, but I have to give VMWare credit. Except for the USB issues, VMWare Fusion crushes Parallels Desktop rather easily. Parallels needs to look at this and step up with something that works as well or risk losing users to VMWare.

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