VMWare Releases Fusion 3.1…. Parallels May Want To Watch Out [UPDATED]

If you’re a Mac user and you use VMWare Fusion, you might want to go to the “Check For Updates” menu. VMWare has kicked out version 3.1 to the world and the update is a major one according to the company:

With more than 20 new features, key highlights of VMware Fusion 3.1 include:

Faster: With faster application launching, more seamless scrolling, quicker resume from suspend, and better overall disk performance, VMware Fusion 3.1 delivers 35% better end-to-end performance compared to its predecessor, VMware Fusion 3.0.

Better 3D Graphics Performance: Greatly improved Windows Aero performance and OpenGL 2.1 support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 delivers up to 5X better 3D graphics performance. VMware Fusion 3.1 is also supported and recommended by Autodesk for AutoCAD 2011.

Switch to Mac with Ease: The fastest and least expensive way to bring a customer’s entire PC to a Mac, VMware Fusion 3.1 includes all of the software tools needed to migrate over a standard Ethernet cable, FireWire cable or even wireless network — saving customers from purchasing special cables that will only be used once.

USB EasyConnect: Makes it easier than ever to assign a USB device to a virtual machine or a Mac and remembers preferred choice.

Unity: Exclusive support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Dock Expose makes it even more seamless to use Windows apps like Mac apps.

Support for Larger Virtual Machines: With added support for 8-way SMP and an increased virtual hard disk size from 950 GB to 2TB, advanced users get more power and punch out of the Mac Pro and Xserve from Apple.

This sounds like VMWare is going to make a serious attempt to go after Parallels Desktop who has been the king of the virtual machine market on the Mac since they came out with version 5. I’ll see if I can get some time to test this latest version this weekend and see how it stacks up to Parallels Desktop. But if you’ve tested it, drop me a comment and let me know what you think of it.

UPDATE: I finally tried Fusion 3.1. A bunch of things jump out at me. First, it’s FAST. My Windows experience score in my Vista virtual machine went up to 4.5 from 4.2 and my seat of the pants test drive of it suggests to me that it was faster than Parallels Desktop 5. Plus for the first time my MobiKEY works with VMWare Fusion. Clearly they’ve made an effort to make their USB support a lot better.

Parallels, you were ahead but now your chief rival has caught up. What are you going to do to get back out in front?

One Response to “VMWare Releases Fusion 3.1…. Parallels May Want To Watch Out [UPDATED]”

  1. Hey,

    How much faster is VMware Fusion 3.1 compared to the latest version of Parallels? I can’t figure out which software to use! I’m leaning more towards VMware because their support seems to be better and is overall easier to use.

    Let me know!

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