VMWare Fusion 2.0 beta 1: more support for multiple monitors, 3D graphics


VMware continues to forge ahead with their Fusion desktop virtualization product for Macs. Earlier this month, they launched a public beta of version 2.0 which is just a quick download away from your Mac. The new features include:

  • Multiple monitor support — Use as many displays as your Mac can handle.
  • Enhanced 3D capabilities — Play more Windows games with DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 2 support.
  • Easier switching to VMware Fusion — Import virtual machines from Parallels and Virtual PC with ease.

In my home office, I use a MacBook Pro with a 19-inch secondary monitor so I’m already leaning towards giving the free beta a try. I still own a license for Parallels, but I’m always open to checking out new solutions. If you’re not swayed yet, consider watching the above video demo. If nothing else, it’s fun to watch virtual machine windows move across eight monitors and the background tune is rockin’ as well.


Lorie Ghamy

And what about VirtualBox (From par Innotek to Sun now), free and 5 millions downloaded ?


I’m going to give it a try on my 22″ LCD that I use for my SR Macbook Pro and Fujitsu U810. I also have a 17′ and 19″ LCD monitors. Maybe this will be the chance to run all three. :)

Dave Zatz

I’ve been using the beta for a couple weeks now – solved the printer and network issues I was having. I can finally and permanently retire that Parallels license – P runs too hot and doesn’t handle video as well as Fusion. It also seems to install gunk all over the place.

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