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VMware Fusion Beta 2 Responds to Parallels

The new beta version is one of the two main options available to run the Windows operating system on an Intel processor-based Mac.

Among the enhancements to the new version of Fusion is its ability to run 3-D designed game software, as noted by Dan Chu, VMware Vice President of Products and Emerging Markets. Chu also indicates that Fusion will be able to run in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, while Parallels only supports the old 32-bit standard.

Parallels Chief Marketing Officer Benjamin Rudolph has stated that the company will add support for the 64-bit standard and support for 3-D graphics through an update that will be released later this year.

While VMware is clearly the industry leader in the field of virtualization, it is primarily oriented to the field of server virtualization, targeting the enterprise segment. Parallels, on the other hand, focuses on Fusion’s niche, which is running Windows on the Mac.

“We believe that we are far ahead in virtualization [de Windows] on the Mac, “declares Rudolph.

The latest version of Parallels is priced around € 80, although current users can download the latest update for free. The available version of VMware is currently free, although there is no data on how much it will cost once it reaches the final product phase.

Web: http://www.vmware.com/products/beta/fusion/releasenotes_fusion.html