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VMware Improves Fusion with 1.1 Beta
VMware has improved their Mac virtualization product Fusion, and has launched a Beta period for a 1.1 version.  The company said that the latest version is based on feedback from users and that they've made scores of improvements that make VMware Fusion even more reliable and easier to use.

New and Improved Features in VMware Fusion 1.1 Beta

  • News experimental support for DirectX 9.0 3D graphics (without shaders) to enable more Windows 3D applications and games.
  • iPhone now syncs with Outlook in Windows virtual machines
  • Unity improvements include:
    • Option to show or hide the Windows taskbar and Start menu in the View menu
    • VMware Fusion “Launch Applications” window no longer appears automatically when no Unity windows are open
    • Improved support for Windows Vista 32 and 64-bit editions
    • Improved support for Windows XP 64-bit edition
  • Improved Boot Camp partition detection to work around issue where the partition type is incorrectly set
  • Improved support for Mac OS X Leopard hosts
  • Eject key now automatically ejects the optical drive, even if the optical drive is attached to a virtual machine.
  • VMware Shared Folders created with Windows Easy Install now default to "Read Only" access of the Mac’s home directory for maximum security
  • Option to hide the VMware Fusion status bar to take advantage of more screen real estate
  • Make it more obvious in the status bar that VMware Tools are not installed or are out of date
  • Make it more obvious that virtual machines must be first powered off in order to change most virtual hardware settings

Bugs Resolved with VMware Fusion 1.1 Beta

  • Fixed issue where sometimes the Airport process would take up to 100% CPU utilization when VMware Fusion is installed
  • Slow mouse scroll wheel scrolling performance in Unity has been fixed
  • Resolved hang when suspending/resuming virtual machines when FileVault is enabled
  • Resolved kernel panic that occurs when unplugging a USB volume that contains the virtual machine
  • No longer switch out of full screen mode when switching between applications, when the screen saver kicks in, or when opening and closing the lid of a MacBook/MacBook Pro
  • Windows Easy Install now works correctly when no password is set for Microsoft Vista guests. Previously, the password was incorrectly set to “*” when the user selected no password.
  • Logitech Control Center Caps Lock notification no longer displays when moving in and out of virtual machine windows
  • Date and time stamps are now preserved when dragging and dropping files between virtual machines and the Mac
  • Device menus now work correctly on Mac OS X Leopard hosts

Thanks to Richard Cardona for passing along this news!

Register and download the Beta of Fusion 1.1, here.

Published Wednesday, September 26, 2007 5:40 AM by David Marshall
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