VMWare Fusion is my favorite virtualization solution for the Mac, and if you’re looking for a way to run Windows on such a machine, this is the best way to do so. And it’s getting better:

The VMware Fusion team is proud to announce VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 2.

This latest public beta, a free download, builds on VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1, adding the Unity 2.0 suite of Mac-Windows integration features, new ways to protect and manage your virtual machines with multiple snapshots, and a garage full of power tools for technical professionals.

And as previously announced, VMware Fusion 2.0 will be a free downloadable upgrade for all VMware Fusion 1.x customers.

Key Features of VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 2

As with Beta 1, VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 2 brings dozens of new features and improvements to the most seamless way to run Windows on your Mac.

Unity 2.0: Next Generation Mac-Windows Integration

Beta 2 takes to the next level the Mac-Windows integration first pioneered in VMware Fusion 1.0.

New in Beta 2, share applications between Windows and Mac. Launch Mac files with Windows applications, and even set web, email, and other links to launch in either your Mac or Windows browser and email clients.

Use VMware Fusion’s Mirrored Folders to seamlessly map the contents of your Mac’s Desktop, Documents, Music, and Pictures folders to show up in your Windows Desktop, My Documents, My Music, and My Pictures folders.

Even map your Mac keyboard to send custom keystroke combinations into your virtual machine. Learn more about Unity 2.0

Windows is even Safer on the Mac

Building on VMware Fusion 1.x’s ability to take a single virtual machine snapshot, VMware Fusion 2 provides ever better ways to manage and control Windows on your Mac. New in Beta 2, take and manage multiple snapshots for each of your virtual machines, keeping checkpoints before you install new software to protect against potential issues.

And extending multiple snapshots, VMware Fusion 2 offers an industry-first: AutoProtect, automatic, timed snapshots at half-hourly, hourly, or daily intervals.

You never know when disaster may strike—AutoProtect keeps you covered. Learn more about safety features

There’s a lot more.