Boot Camp 3.1 betters the functionality of a MacBook Pro running Windows 7, but it doesn't improve the battery life.
For those who virtualize Windows and other operating systems on OS X, VMware has updated its Fusion VM solution to version 3.1. This update is advertised as being 35 percent faster than version 3.0, and offers up to 5x faster 3D performance for games and features such as Windows 7's Aero environment.
Company makes a more aggressive move to gain browser market share by offering Windows users the option of downloading Safari 3.1 in its Apple Software Update.
Utilities Updates: Cocktail 3.5.2; Print Window 3.1; PC-Mac PasswordVault Lite 4.0; more
Utilities Updates: XRay 1.0.6; WindowShade X 3.1; Apple X11 1.0; more
VMware will announce Monday that Tohoku Electric Power Corporation in Japan has bought more than 1,400 copies of the company's software. VMware's software lets an Intel computer run several versions of Windows and Linux simultaneously. Tohoku Electric used the software to let a custom program written for Windows 95 run on Windows 2000 computers, enabling the company to upgrade its PCs without scrapping or rewriting the custom program. And this week, VMware said it had released version 3.1 of its $329 software for workstations, adding support for the beta version of the upcoming edition of Windows for servers as well as support for several other operating systems.
Microsoft releases the final version of its Explorer 4.0 browser and Outlook Express email client for Windows 3.1 and NT 3.51.
Microsoft will phase out production of Windows 3.1 for the retail market but continue to sell Windows for Workgroups in that space, the Redmond, Washington, company announced. It will continue to sell 3.1 and Workgroups, both 16-bit operating systems, to volume license customers through the Select and MOLP licensing programs. Microsoft also said it would continue to sell 16-bit applications.
SystemSoft announced new software for PC cards that bring "plug and play" capabilities to the growing number of notebook computers running Microsoft's Windows NT being sold. CardWizard version 3.1 can now be downloaded from the company's Web site. Previously, the tool was only available through selected third party relationships. CardWizard 3.1 is available now with prices starting at $79.95.
Ascend Communications announced a new line of access software for both desktops and the company's remote access hardware. Called Intragy, the new tools allow for multi-protocol routing, including support for IPX and AppleTalk protocols, as well as bridging capability for support for older environments like SNA. The desktop software runs on Microsoft Windows 3.1, 95, and NT Workstation, as well as the Apple Computer Macintosh. Server-side software for Ascend's MAX 4000 and TNT remote access platforms is priced at $4,000 and $20,000, respectively. The tools will ship next month.