Market-leading OS virtualisation company VMWare has confirmed it intends exhibiting virtualisation software for Intel Macs at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

The news follows Apple's revelation of its Boot Camp software, which allows users to set Intel Macs to boot up in both Windows and Mac OS. It also follows hot on the heels of the recent release of Parallels software, which lets users boot multiple operating systems within Mac OS X.

The new software will enable Intel-based Macs to run x86 operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris, in virtual machines at the same time as Mac OS X and without the need to dual-boot their Macs. 

Users can also use any of over 250 virtual appliances that the VMware user community has created. VMware supports a wide range of x86-based operating systems, and offers the ability to move and share virtual machines across its entire product range. 

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

"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," he added.
The software is based on VMware's virtualisation technology that it has been shipping for more than seven years and is used by more than four million people. 

Mac users will be able to use over 250 virtual appliances for solutions such as security, load balancing, collaboration, databases, development, communications and business applications that are available for download from VMware Technology Network.

The beta release of this product is expected to be available later this year.  Interested parties will be able to sign up for early access by visiting the Mac pages on the company's website.