Macworld: First Look at VMware Fusion 3


Rob Griffiths at Macworld recently posted a first look at VMware Fusion 3. It covers a great many of the new and exciting features in VMware Fusion 3 and is a great overall introduction to the new release.

One of the great things Rob covers are the overall improvements in 3D graphics in VMware Fusion, especially for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users. He was able to play Flight Simulator X in a virtual machine on the Mac for the first time with VMware Fusion 3 and Windows 7 and this was on a 2008 iMac with ATI Radeon 2600 while running a full screen screen capture of the game with ScreenFlow at the same time. Check out the video below:


The First Look  of VMware Fusion 3 also covers some of the great details on why Unity is much better in VMware Fusion 3, other user interface improvements, and a lot of the other small touches that make VMware Fusion 3 better than ever.

Here are Rob’s closing thoughts on his First Look at VMware Fusion


Overall, I’ve been impressed with VMware Fusion 3’s performance during my time with it. Creating new virtual machines was simple, performance was good even on a mid-range iMac, and the ability to use Aero effects and run 3D games in the virtual machine was impressive. The new Virtual Machine Library screen eases the management of multiple virtual machines, and the built-in update tool will make it easy to keep up to date with future releases.

I highly recommend getting over to Macworld and checking out their First Look on VMware Fusion 3 for more details.


7 comments have been added so far

  1. This is a great blog for information and thanks for that review with the flight-sim. I was wondering what your thoughts were on the new Parallels claims that it runs so much quicker than Fusion? This has not been my experience in the past. Fusion has always had better performance.

  2. I am STILL waiting on my free upgrade. I have tried to contact VMWare multiple ways, and the phone number given to me for the upgrade does not work anytime of the day for me. I also have not gotten a response to my e-mails.
    This upgrade process is EXTREMELY frustrating. I have only a few days left on my trial, and then I’ll be without any virtualization software.
    Can someone please get back to me about this?

  3. What a horrible upgrade process!
    This process guarantees upset new customers.
    I cannot believe that a company in a competitive field would have such an inane process.
    BUY PARALLELS or even free Virtualbox.
    It is not worth dealing with VMWare!!!!!
    I bought VMWare fusion 2.0 on 10/25/2009 with the intent of getting the free upgrade to 3.0.
    In exchange, I have no Fusion 3.0 product but I have sent many emails, spent hours on hold, talked to useless support in India, called numbers with no human but recordings.
    It is simply not worth my time to try and get Fusion 3.0. Nothing is worth this aggravation.
    VMWare has lost a potential new customer. In my field as a consultant, I am working with customers using virtualization. I will now STRONGLY recommend they use any virtualization product other than VMWare.
    The complete lack of accessible customer support is truly not to be believed in this day and age.
    How VMWare survives is beyond me.

  4. I’ve upgraded with an online (academic) purchase and all went well. Version 3 is faster and slicker on my MBPro. I use it daily at Uni (on a second screen) since Fusion was first released and this version works fine.

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