VMWare releases virtualization beta for Mac OS X

Virtualization has become an important topic for Mac users since Apple switched to Intel chips this year. The ability to run Windows applications at near native speed has nullified one of the drawbacks many customers saw moving to a Mac. Now, long time virtualization expert, VMWare, has entered the ring with a new beta.

VMWare first announced its intention to bring a product to market at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in August. The beta, released today, is the company’s first product.

The virtualization market on the Mac has been ruled by rival company Parallels, as it continues to release betas and improve on its application. While the feature set of the applications are similar in some aspects each company is touting advantages.

VMWare says that virtual machines created with existing VMware products are all cross compatible, including virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, VMware Player, VMware Server and VMware Infrastructure 3.

More information on the beta and download links are available form the company’s Web site.

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