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VMware Fusion 3.1 – Better, Stronger, Faster Than Ever

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We are really excited to tell you that VMware Fusion 3.1 is now available!  Team Fusion has been working hard since the beginning of the year to bring VMware Fusion 3.1 to you. VMware Fusion 3.1 is better, stronger, and faster than ever before and it is a FREE update for all VMware Fusion 3 customers.

The key highlights of VMware Fusion 3.1 are:

Faster Than Ever:  VMware Fusion 3.1 provides 35% better end-to-end application performance compared to VMware Fusion 3.0 according to WorldBench 6. Windows applications launch faster and scrolling and 2D graphics in Windows Vista and 7 is almost 4x faster than VMware Fusion 3.0. Virtual machines suspend and resume faster and virtual machines are more responsive on resume.

Graphics, Graphics, Graphics: The graphics team looked under the hood and delivered up to 5X better 3D graphics performance with VMware Fusion 3.1. Windows Aero is much faster on Windows Vista and Windows 7, and VMware Fusion 3.1 now has hardware accelerated OpenGL 2.1 3D graphics for Windows Vista and Windows 7 guests as well. Finally, thanks to all the graphics improvements, VMware’s latest Windows 7 graphics drivers are now supported for AutoCAD 2011.

Games

Unity Better Than Ever: Unity is faster than ever from dragging and resizing windows to interacting with Windows apps. VMware Fusion 3.1 adds support for overlapping windows in Exposé and minimizing apps to the Dock. Only VMware Fusion supports Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Dock Exposé for individual Windows applications so Windows apps work even more like Mac apps in Unity.

Unity - Expose

Unity in VMware Fusion 3.1 now supports overlapping windows in Exposé

Unity - Dock Expose

Only VMware Fusion supports Snow Leopard’s Dock Exposé so Windows applications work more like Mac applications

USB EasyConnect: Makes it easier than ever to assign a USB device to a virtual machine or your Mac and can even remember your preferred choice.

USB EasyConnect

Switch to Mac with Ease: VMware Fusion 3.1 is the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way to migrate your entire PC to a Mac.  VMware Fusion 3.1 includes all of the software you need to make the switch – without the 25% added cost of a special one-time use cable. VMware Fusion’s highly optimized PC Migration Assistant is up to 4x faster than other Switch to Mac offerings.

Support for Larger Virtual Machines: With added support for 8-way SMP and an increased virtual hard disk size from 950 GB to 2TB, power users can get even more power and punch out of the latest iMac, Mac Pro and Xserve models from Apple.

More Power - 8 Virtual Cores
More Power - 2 TB Virtual Disks

Support for new guest operating systems: VMware Fusion 3.1 adds support for new versions of RHEL 5.4, SUSE Linux 11 SP1, Ubuntu 8.0.4.4 and Ubuntu 10.04.

Virtual Machine Library - Ubuntu 10.04

Even more good stuff: There is lots of other good stuff in VMware Fusion 3.1 from Boot Camp virtual machine speed improvements to OVF Tool 2.0. See the VMware Fusion complete new features list for more details!

Updating to VMware Fusion 3.1

VMware Fusion 3.1 is a FREE update for all VMware Fusion 3 customers. VMware Fusion 3 will offer to automatically download VMware Fusion 3.1 the next time you launch, or you can select Check for Updates in the VMware Fusion menu to check for updates immediately.

After the VMware Fusion 3.1 update has been installed, you will need to upgrade VMware Tools in each of your virtual machines to see the improvements with 3D, Unity, Aero, Shared Folders, and much more.

If you need the full VMware Fusion 3.1 installer, it is available here!

Want to Try, Buy, or Upgrade to VMware Fusion 3.1?

If you are interested in trying VMware Fusion 3.1, click here to download a free 30-day trial.

If you are a new customer or want to buy an additional copy of VMware Fusion 3.1, it’s available for $79.99 from the VMware Online Store and VMware Fusion 3 is available authorized resellers worldwide.

If you are a VMware Fusion 1 or 2 customer and want to upgrade to VMware Fusion 3.1, upgrades from VMware Fusion 1 or 2 to VMware Fusion 3.1 are only $39.99 from the VMware Online Store.

Enjoy VMware Fusion 3.1 Today!!!

We hope you enjoy using VMware Fusion 3.1 as much as we did making it. We will share more details here on the Team Fusion blog over the next few weeks.

VMware Fusion 3.1 Release Candidate Now Available

Hi everyone,

Wanted to let you know that the VMware Fusion 3.1 Release Candidate is now available. This release candidate is the last public pre-release build of VMware Fusion 3.1.

If you are currently participating in the beta, you will be automatically prompted that the new version is available to be downloaded and installed. If you disabled automatic software updates, you should check for updates manually or download the latest version from the VMware Fusion Beta Community

If you are using the current expiring beta serial number, enter the following new serial number in VMware Fusion 3.1's License Window:

License Key: H50AZ-H0113-4838A-0J2UK-24T4C
(expires July 15, 2010)

We have made several improvements based on the feedback provided during the beta testing.

Key improvements since the VMware Fusion 3.1 beta include:

  • More Responsiveness: Much better responsiveness of resumed virtual machines and faster disk performance overall
  • Faster Graphics Performance: Improved performance and better compatibility for both DirectX 9 and OpenGL 3D apps
  • Unity Better Than Ever: Support for overlapping Unity windows in Exposé and Dock Exposé
  • OVFTool 2: Import and export OVF packaged virtual machines and upload to vSphere with bundled OVFTool

 Please update your beta installation to the release candidate and let us know what you think.