VMware Fusion 3 for Mac Released

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By: switchtoamac at: 7:56 PM on November 5, 2009 | Comments (0)
The folks over at VMware have released Fusion 3 for Mac, the next generation virtualization application that not only offers optimizes performance for Snow Leopard but it also ushers in support for Microsoft Windows 7.  The release of Fusion 3 comes in just over a year after Fusion 2's September 2008 release.
vmware_fusion3.pngFusion 3 boasts over 50 new features and now packages a Migration Assistant for Windows.

Highlights of the release include:
  • Supports more than 140 guest operating systems supported, including Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server, Linux distributions. and Ubuntu
  • Optimized for Snow Leopard
  • Effortless Migration from Windows PCs to Mac
  • Ultimate Experience for Windows 7 Guests
  • 3D Graphics Now Supports More Applications and Games
  • Performance. Finely Tuned.
  • Unity More Mac-Like Than Ever
  • Virtual Machine Library
  • Full Screen View Improvements
  • User Interface Refinements
  • Automatic Updates
  • Multiple Display Improvements
  • Shared Folders and Mirrored Folders Improvements
  • Copy and Paste, Drag and Drop Improvements
  • Full Support for Mac OS X Leopard Server and Snow Leopard Server as Guests
  • Keyboard Improvements
  • Virtual Hard Disk Improvements
  • Networking Improvements
  • Shared Smart Card
  • Remote Management
  • Select Startup Device
Migration Assistant
As a site that promotes the Switch to Mac, we like the revamped Migration Assistant that helps you copy over an entire Windows PC to your Mac into a virtual machine via an Ethernet connection.  VMware indicates that it works "just like" Apple's Mac OS X based Migration Assistant for setting up or restoring a Mac.

Fusion 3 retails for $79.99.  If you're an existing Fusion 1 (not sure why because Fusion 2 was a free upgrade for Fusion 1 users!) or Fusion 2 user, the upgrade costs only $39.99.  You can opt for the $59.99 upgrade that includes major version upgrades free for the next 12 months.

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