A New Public Beta of VMWare Fusion 3.1 Delivers Long Awaited Enhancements
Posted 03/15/2010 at 1:50pm | by Brian Proffit
VMWare has announced the availability of the beta version of Fusion 3.1, and it includes significant enhancements that the user community has been awaiting. Perhaps most eagerly desired are the graphics enhancements for gamers and 3D applications. OpenGL 2.1 is now supported on Windows Vista and Windows 7. They claim better DirectX 9.0 SM3 performance as well (and hopefully that means more DirectX 9.0C app compatibility).
Other new features include USB "Easy Connect", a feature that is designed to help Fusion remember your preferred settings for each USB device. You can configure larger virtual machines as well, with the maximum virtual disk expanded from 950 GB to 2 TB. They now support up to 8-way symmetric multiprocessing as well.
Boot Camp virtual machines run a but more quickly--especially during the boot process, and they have improved the PC migration process. You can download the beta here, and if you do, it's a good idea to voluntarily participate in the user experience improvement program so they can use your data to make sure it's ready for prime time before the final release.