VMWware Fusion 3 has only been released for a few days, but I wanted to give a quick first impression. I downloaded it the day after it came out and am pleased that I did. This release, on the surface, doesn’t appear to be worthy of a full major version number change, but it’s still a worthwhile upgrade.
The big new features are support for Snow Leopard, Windows 7, and better Aero graphics. I was already running VMWare 2 on Snow Leopard with a Windows 7 guest (though not for very long) so I assume that this is only important if you’ve been experiencing problems. The Aero support, though, still seems sluggish even on one of the new 3 GHz 27-inch iMacs. It’s better, definitely, but it still seems to be somewhat for show.
What I do like about it is that everything seems to work just a little better. Drag/drop and copy/paste seem to work more smoothly as does the resizing of the window. Unity, in particular, seems to be better integrated. Again, not in any astounding way, just tweaked for the better. I also like that you can now cancel an accidental resume, that’s bitten me more than once in the past. The new full screen menu is a nice touch, too.
The one problem I did have was with the VMWare tools. For some reason it was preventing me from left-clicking. I could right-click and the hover of the mouse worked correctly, but left-click did nothing. I fixed it by uninstalling the tools and reinstalling the tools, but it took me a couple of tries because the uninstall from within the Windows control panel didn’t seem to actually uninstall. I had to use the uninstall option from the Virtual Machine menu in VMWare. This may be the normal way to uninstall the tools (I’ve never had to do it before) but it was still frustrating for a while.
All-in-all I say it’s a good enough upgrade for the $40, even though it feels more like it’s a 2.1 update. There are enough small things in there to add up to a better experience.
Now, if I can get enough time to play with the new Parallels 5 I can blog a comparison review, on paper it looks like a bigger update.