Unity is now “real” – VMware Fusion Beta 4 released

Yesterday I briefly wrote about the new feature in VMware Fusion called Unity and linked to a video demonstrating what it can do. The buzz we got from that has been a lot of fun. Some people commented on various sites saying it was fake, even, which I found pretty funny having watched this thing being developed. I personally didn’t work on this feature, but I work with those who did, and they’ve sure looked sleep-deprived lately trying to get this feature and the next VMware Fusion beta ready.

They can finally sleep peacefully. We just put out VMware Fusion Beta 4. I want to issue a public congratulations to the developers who have put in a huge amount of time into this product. They’re not done yet, but I think they’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Regis Duchesne, one of the developers of Fusion, talks briefly about where things stand and where things are going.

So again, congrats guys. I think I’m finally going to have to buy myself a Mac.

Unity

I remember the day I interviewed at VMware. I was asked what I would do to improve Workstation, and one of the things I said was that it would be nice to make a VM go rootless. That is, pull application windows out of the VM and make them integrate well with the operating system.

I wasn’t the only one. A lot of people wanted this type of feature. It’s been discussed for years, but it’s always been hard to find the manpower to do it. But competition is good, and we finally got some people on this feature. And it turned out spectacularly.

Check it out.

Kudos to the people who have spent many nights practically living here. They’ve pulled off an amazing feature. And we’re not done yet.

I know I’m going to be asked if we’re doing this on Linux or Windows. It’s too early to say what our feature list is like for the next major product. So feel free to just speculate 😉

Update: They moved the link on Digg, so updated my link.