VMWare’s upcoming VMWare Workstation 6.5 will likely include one of the most demanded features from its Mac Fusion product. Specifically, it appears that VMWare Workstation 6.5 will allow virtualized applications within a VM to be “detached” from the VM showing up as a separate window on the native host OS. You could therefore have an Windows Photoshop window beside your GIMP or other native Linux application windows.
To see how it looks on a Mac look at this screenshot.
Using this new feature you will be able to seamlessly mix and match best of breed applications on whatever platform you prefer while VMWare keeps the underlying OS under the covers and hidden out of sight. If done right it certainly would solve a lot of people’s platform compatibility woes. By having the guest OS applications use the host OS window manager, the applications behave a lot more like native apps which makes the context switch caused by jumping from hosted to native application much easier.
I certainly am looking forward to Workstation 6.5 coming out though there doesn’t currently appear to be any estimated release dates floating around so it may still be awhile.
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