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DirectX 3, Aero featured

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Today, for the first time, VMware updated its entire desktop virtualization line for Mac and Windows together, and share some of the same technologies. VMware Fusion 3 for Mac OS X, and Workstation 7 and Player 3 for Windows all share some of the same new features. This includes support for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 guests. VMware Fusion 3 and Workstation 7 also support Windows 7/Vista Aero 3D graphics inside of virtual machines. The beefed-up graphics comes in the form of support for DirectX 9 Shader Model 3.0 3D graphics and OpenGL 2.1. The new versions can also display a virtual machine in full-screen mode across mulitple monitors.

Fusion 3 and Workstation 7 also both include a new Migration Assistant utility for Windows that can automatically package up the contents of a PC and create a virtual machine. The Assistant can also move the virtual machine to a new host computer over a network. Fusion, Workstation, and Player now all support secure Smart Card readers for login on both the guest and host side.

All three virtualization products can run Windows and Linux/Unix operating systems in one or more virtual machines. VMware Fusion for Mac also can run Mac OS X Server in a virtual machine.

VMware said that Workstation 7 (US $189, $99 upgrade) is a higher end product that includes special features for software developers and IT professionals. VMware Fusion 3 for Macs is aimed at the consumer and individual user.

VMware said that the free VMware Player for Windows provides "light desktop virtualization." Its major new feature is the ability to create virtual machines. Previous versions can only run virtual machines created by VMware WorkStation, Fusion, or other tools.


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