Mac users can now run multiple OSes

VMware has launched a new product - as yet unnamed - that allows Intel-based Macs to run multiple OSes without the need for dual-booting.

They can also access any of over 250 virtual appliances that the VMware user community has created. VMware is to demo the product today during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2006 in San Francisco.

Using its virtualisation technology, virtual machines created with any of VMware’s products will run on Intel-based Macs and, similarly, non-Mac OS X virtual machines created with the new product will run on the latest versions of VMware's virtualisation products.

Virtual appliances available include security, load balancing, collaboration, databases, development, communications and business applications, all available for download from VMware Technology Network.

Virtual appliances are pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run software applications, packaged within virtual machines in VMware's VM format.

“We are excited to bring our desktop platform product to Apple Macs. The demand for this has been unbelievable and it is clearly front and centre for Mac users,” said VMware president Diane Greene.

“VMware is in the business of providing the most advanced and robust virtualisation platforms as well as phenomenal add-on functionality that leverages our virtualisation platform. This announcement brings our desktop platform and add-on capabilities to Mac users, and it will allow them to run a wide variety of operating systems without rebooting. Mac users who also use the PC will be able to use this product to consolidate onto the Mac.”

The beta release of this product is expected to be available later this year. Early access is available here.

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