Since this week is Leopard week, this is also software update week. The VMware crew released the 1.1 beta just a month ago, and now the 1.1 release candidate is ready for your grubby little hands. Or eyes. Whatever.
New in the Fusion 1.1 release candidate, aside from obvious Leopard compatibility, are a number of improvements to Unity (the feature that allows you to run Windows apps seamlessly as if they were Mac apps). "My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places, Control Panel, Run, and Search are now available in the Applications menu, Dock menu, and the Launch Applications window," writes VMware. Performance to window-dragging and resizing has also been boosted, as well as support for 32- and 64-bit versions of Vista.
A number of Boot Camp compatibilities have been added too, including using Vista installed on Boot Camp as a virtual machine. 2D drawing performance on Santa Rosa Macs has been improved, and a handful of bugs have been fixed. "Fixed issue where VMware Fusion would use more memory over time." That's helpful. (Check out the whole list of improvements on the detailed release notes.)
VMware is careful to note that this release of Fusion 1.1 works well with pre-release versions of Leopard, and that the company plans to test it with the final version when it goes on sale tomorrow. This is Build 61385 by the way, for those keeping score. The release candidate is already ripe for download, but don't worry—if you don't own a copy of Fusion, you can get an expiring beta serial number to try it out. So go at it. It's 165MB, so that means if you're on my horrible Internet connection, it'll be a while.