A brand new model of virtualization software program VMWare Fusion hit Macs this week. VMWare Fusion 11 provides a brand new utility menu and help for the 18-core CPU configuration within the newest iMac Professional and the Core i9 for the 15-inch MacBook Professional.
The discharge seems to have been carefully timed with the launch of macOS Mojave, which hit this Monday. VMWare Fusion is among the hottest virtual-machine functions for Macs; its closest direct rival is Parallels Desktop, which additionally launched a brand new model getting ready for Mojave final month. Parallels has many strengths, together with a leg up or two on VMWare Fusion with sure options. However VMWare Fusion does supply its personal benefits over the Parallels launch; amongst different issues, it has moved to utilizing Metallic because the default graphics API on the Mac. Parallels nonetheless makes use of the Mac’s outdated OpenGL, although the Parallels staff is engaged on making the transition.
That transition will probably be obligatory within the coming months or years, as Apple introduced plans at WWDC 2018 to discontinue help for OpenGL. It was barely supported because it was, and OpenGL functions will nonetheless run for now. However the firm made positive to inform builders of present and future apps to brace for a full transition at an as-yet-unannounced time sooner or later. (Ars can have a deep dive on that subject later this yr.)
VMWare Fusion 11 has been up to date with DirectX 10.1 compatibility with help for anti-aliasing and geometry and compute shaders. Meaning “video games and apps which require DirectX 10.1 or which fallback to 10.1 from DirectX 11 will now run in a Home windows 7, eight or 10 digital machine,” based on VMWare’s weblog put up concerning the replace.
As for menus, we get a brand new utility menu and a drop down on every virtual-machine window to navigate to that machine’s folders through Finder. Additionally included are a wide range of safety enhancements to “mitigate towards at present’s newest and software program primarily based threats like Spectre, Meltdown and L1TF vulnerabilities,” a brand new vSphere view, one-click SSH to Linux digital machines, and expanded help and configuration choices for the Contact Bar on MacBook Execs.
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