VMware fusion 3 Review

License: Trialware
Operating Systems: - Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
- A wide variety of Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris distributions
- Mac OS X Leopard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Developer: VMware
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Date Update: Sep 1, 2011
Requirements: - Any 64-bit capable Intel ® Mac. (Compatible with Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 processors or better) - Minimum 2GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended) - 750MB free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5GB for each virtual machine
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If you are thinking of delving into the world of virtualization technology and you have an x86 or x86-64 computer, then your best option would be a product from VMware called VMware Workstation. However, if you have an Intel-powered Mac computer instead, then you should set your eyes on something called VMware Fusion. Currently, VMware Fusion is on its third release version, and it is known the world over as the absolute best option you have if you want to run Windows on your Mac. VMware Fusion 3 was first announced as available for pre-order back in October 6, 2009, and became officially available less than a month later on October 27.

Even if you spent only five minutes looking into the kinds of products available out there right now when it comes to virtualization technology, you'll find that there are pleny of different names to choose from. The virtualization technology solutions for the x86 sector, for instance, are quite numerous.

So what exactly makes VMware Fusion 3 so great ?

What sets VMware Fusion 3 apart from any other virtual machine out there is the fact that it builds on the original two versions that were released prior to it and adds more than 50 new features, include an enhanced UI and improved support or compatibility with Microsoft's latest flagship desktop operating system - Windows 7. To learn more about the key features of VMware Fusion 3, and the benefits that you would gain off using it to run Windows programs on your Intel-powered Mac computer, just continue reading.

Before going on any further about VMware Fusion 3, perhaps you would like to know more about what it actually is. VMware Fusion 3 is just one virtual machine out of many that are available in the software product market today. As its name suggests, VMware Fusion 3 is developed by VMware, the same outfit that offers VMware Workstation and many other virtualization technology products out in the market today.

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What VMware Fusion 3 does is allow users to run their preferred or favorite Windows applications on the Mac. And not only that, VMware Fusion 3 also works for other operating systems outside of Windows, even Linux and Solaris. All of these other operating systems, including Windows, are referred to as "guests" when run inside VMware Fusion 3 and they all run at the same time as the "host" Mac OS on the user's computer.

In order to run any one of the many guest operating systems that it supports, VMware Fusion 3 relies on dynamic recompilation, emulation, and paravirtualization. All in, VMware Fusion 3 supports over 60 operating systems, and it works not just for 32-bit versions but for 64-bit versions as well.

While VMware Fusion 3 can already be commended for having all of the features of its past two versions available at release, users will also be able to enjoy a bunch of new features, such as full Windows 7 support including Aero, Aero Peek, and Flip 3D, as well as DirectX 9.0 support that allows Windows games to be played, as long as the users has a capable graphics card installed.

And speaking of graphics card, the requirements for successfully running VMware Fusion 3 include an ATI Radeon x1600 or Nvidia GeForce 8600M or higher, at least 1GB of RAM, 700 MB of free hard disk space, and of course an Intel chip running under the hood of the Mac. You would also need to allocated at least 5GB of free hard disk space per virtual machine, so if you are planning on having a lot of virtual machines, then you're going to need more free hard disk space.

Previously, you couldn't run a virtual machine like VMware Fusion 3 on Apple computers, such as those that still used the PowerPC chip. But fortunately, since Intel chips came along and Apple started using them on all new computers, users had the option to enjoy the benefits of virtualization technology. The Intel VT in Intel's Core microarchitecture platform is part of what makes VMware Fusion 3 run without problems.

Problems are the last thing that a user should expect from a product that's being referred to as the best way to run Windows and other operating systems on the Mac. That is the power of VMware Fusion 3.

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