Well this is interesting, in the wake of all the hype over the new release
of Parallels comes a potential bombshell from competitor VMware. We mentioned
the first beta release back in December, but now the second beta of VMware fusion has appeared and includes the long sought-after "experimental" Direct X 8.1 accelerated 3D graphics support
(news of which leaked
some time ago). It also features a Rollback feature that lets you "take a snapshot of your virtual machine configured just the way you like it, so you can quickly roll back to that ideal state whenever you need to, with a single click." Of course, Parallels still has cool exclusive features like Coherence mode, but VMware's offering looks more and more tempting. Hopefully this will spur the Parallels guys to getting 3D support out the door.
The beta is available for download
, but registration is required.