If you met the recent launch of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac with a shrug, that's probably because you're a faithful VMware Fusion user waiting for the arrival of the latest version, in which case your patience has been rewarded.
Fusion 5, the latest Windows virtualization tool from VMware, comes less than a year after version 4 and as such has only received a light brush of new headline features. Support for Retina displays and USB 3.0 in Windows 8 is included, as well as optimization for the latest Macs, battery life improvements for those using a MacBook, and other minor enhancements. The Pro version of Fusion has been updated to keep the IT administrators happy as well.
Microsoft is making huge strides on bringing its productivity line-up to the cloud, so it's understandable that Apple is seeking to offer an alternative. Today, rumors are surfacing that Cupertino is partnering with VMware to push the company's own iWork software to the net.
Tired of letting Parallels Desktop 7 hog the spotlight for the last week or so, VMware is nipping at their virtualization heels with the release of Fusion 4 -- turbocharged and refined from the inside out for the ultimate Windows on Mac experience, and available for a promotional price for a limited time only.
Virtualization is handy for all those times you need a PC to do that one little thing your Mac doesn't have the ability to do yet. But if you're finding yourself in need of a virtual machine for daily work or play, you might want to install some system utilities to keep that part of your Mac's hard drive in tip-top shape. Here are a few applications to help you become that virtualization (or dual-boot) power user.
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.