VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today announced that VMware Fusion 3, the best way to run Windows on the Mac, will be available worldwide on October 27 and is available for pre-order today. VMware Fusion 3 makes it easier than ever for users to move to the Mac and to run Windows applications – including graphics-intensive games – alongside Mac applications, with a Mac user experience.
VMware Fusion 3 will include more than 50 new features and enhancements, delivering a better-than-ever Windows on Mac experience. Key highlights include:
* Optimized for Snow Leopard. Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware Fusion 3 leverages Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s advanced architecture with a new 64-bit core engine and native support for the 64-bit kernel, delivering even better Windows on Mac performance.
* Ultimate Windows 7 Experience. VMware Fusion 3 will be the first to enable the full Windows 7 experience, side-by-side with your Mac, complete with Windows Aero and Flip 3D.
* Switching Made Easy. VMware Fusion 3 will make it easy for users to bring their entire PC to their Mac in a few easy steps – wirelessly or with a simple Ethernet cable – allowing customers to protect investments in existing Windows software, and to keep using the programs they still need.
* Best-in-Class 3D Graphics. Support for OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 will enable users to run their favorite 3D Windows games and applications – all without rebooting.
“For more than 10 years, VMware virtualization has given users the choice of where to run their favorite applications. We’re excited about the rapid adoption of VMware Fusion in the Mac community since its introduction just over two years ago, making it the #1 choice to run Windows on a Mac,” said Jocelyn Goldfein, vice president and general manager, desktop business unit. “VMware Fusion 3 builds on our proven platform and makes it even easier for users to run Windows applications on the Mac.”
Availability and Pricing
VMware Fusion 3 is now available for pre-orders at vmware.com/fusion, the Apple Online Store® (apple.com), and Amazon.com for a suggested retail price of $79.99 starting today. VMware Fusion 3 will be available at the VMware online store and all authorized retailers worldwide on Tuesday, October 27.
Upgrades from previous versions of VMware Fusion to VMware Fusion 3 will be available for $39.99 beginning Tuesday, October 27 from vmware.com/fusion.