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Using Cortana with VMware Fusion 8

So you may have heard the news that Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro support Windows 10 and the cool new Cortana feature, but you might be wondering ‘how does it work and how can I use it?’

Well the answer is pretty simple, and I’ll walk through how to turn it on so that she’s always listening, and can open up a browser and do other cool things in Windows for you just by asking for it.

Firstly, in your Windows 10 VM, you’ll need to get to the Cortana settings. I prefer to do this by just typing ‘cortana’ in, well, Cortana…

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The nice thing about Windows 10 is the search tool works great!

Just click ‘Cortana & Search settings’  and turn on the ‘Hey Cortana’ feature.

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The first time you turn it on you’ll have to teach it your voice by reading it a sentence or two.  I only got a few words in before she had enough to remember my [apparently distinctive] voice.

Once that’s enabled you can at any point that your virtual machine is running simply say ‘hey cortana, do XYZ’ and if she knows how to do that she will.

We first tested it out just using the Edge browser by saying ‘Hey Cortana, open Edge’ and sure enough it heard it and launched the browser.

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The other fun thing is doing that in Unity mode.  Pretty handy to keep working away on the Mac and be able to just ask her to do something while you’re thinking of it.Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 11.39.01 PM

I prefer to hide my dock when I’m using Unity, and I turn on the ‘Show Taskbar in Unity’ feature so I can access the old new Start menu.

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Why thank you, Cortana!

 

Microsoft has a handy guide on what you can do with Cortana here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/getstarted-what-is-cortana

Good times using Cortana and the new Edge browser on Windows 10 running in VMware Fusion 8 on your Mac =)

 

If you haven’t heard the news, Fusion 8 is now available worldwide! You can get it now right here!

 

 

 

VMware Fusion 8 & Fusion 8 Pro Now Available Worldwide

Today we are pleased to announce the worldwide availability of the VMware Fusion 8 and VMware Fusion 8 Pro.

These releases mark a milestone achievement for our team within VMware, with fantastic new features and improvements in several areas including:

Windows 10
– Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro provide full support for Windows 10.  Use all the exciting new features like the Microsoft Edge browser, or Cortana the always-on digital assistant.  Cortana even works when Fusion is in the background
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Ready for OS X El Capitan
– Test the latest OS X release in a virtual machine to see what’s coming around the corner, or jump in with both feet and install OS X El Capitan on your Mac with the confidence that VMware Fusion 8 will still deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience.
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All New Enhanced Graphics Engine with DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3

Everyday applications are smoother and more fluid, with new DirectX 10 only applications now supported.

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65% OpenGL Performance improvement and 15% DirectX 9 Performance improvement
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Built for the latest Macs including the iMac Retina 5K

Drive 14 million pixels with VMware Fusion 8 on the most powerful and beautiful iMac to date.

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Building upon this great release, Fusion 8 Pro additionally delivers:

Native vCloud Air integration

Use vCloud Air, the public cloud service by VMware, to upload workloads to the cloud for public consumption.  Build an app or web server locally and push it to the cloud with a simple drag and drop.  Use it to connect with remote virtual machines running in vCloud Air, or even upload an existing virtual machine from Fusion for backup to the cloud.
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$600 in free vCloud Air service credit

To help users get started, we’re happy to provide more then enough service credit to get users exploring what they can do with a compatible cloud.
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Improved vSphere integration 

With deeper integration into VMware vSphere, Fusion 8 Pro now provides more detail than every before, and can even create remote virtual machines on ESXi or vCenter Server instances.

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VMware Fusion 8 and VMware Fusion 8 Pro are available immediately for download and purchase from vmware.com for $79.99 and $199.99 respectively. VMware Fusion 8 Pro is also available from VMware partners and distributors.

Customers who have purchased VMware Fusion 7 or VMware Fusion 7 Pro between July 29, 2015 and August 25, 2015 are eligible for an electronic upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 or VMware Fusion 8 Pro at no additional cost.  Qualifying customers will automatically receive an email advising how to upgrade their license keys.

VMware Fusion 6 and 7 customers can upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 for only $49.99 and to VMware Fusion 8 Pro for $119.99 at the VMware online store.

Parallels Desktop customers can upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 or VMware Fusion 8 Pro and save 40%! Learn more here.

Download a free trial at the VMware Fusion trial page.

 

Trying to Upgrade to Windows 10 on Fusion but hitting the SVGA bug? Here’s the simple workaround

Windows 10 released today, and many users are teeming to get started discovering all the great things that Microsoft built.

A number of Fusion uses however are hitting an issue when trying to upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

During the “hardware validation check”, the VMware SVGA graphics driver is misrepresented as being incompatible. This is not true as the drivers have been signed by Microsoft and are indeed compatible with Windows 10.

The simple workaround is rather than using the upgrade method within the VM, download the .ISO and mount it to Fusion to perform the upgrade.

We put together a KB with simple to follow step-by-step instructions here: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2126929

I had written about the issue with some more context on my personal blog here: http://www.mikeroysoft.com/windows-10-and-vmware-fusion/ 

Some users have reported that simply disabling 3D Graphics within Fusion helps as well. Join the Windows 10 discussion in the VMware Fusion Community Forum and share your experiences, we love to hear from you!

Want to upgrade to Fusion 7 from Parallels? We got you covered too!

You may have heard about our exciting Windows 10 launch celebration offer with 10% off Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro, and that we’re giving folks who buy today a free upgrade to the next major release when we ship later this summer.

For Parallels users looking to switch, we have you covered too!

If you have a valid Parallels license key, you can upgrade to VMware Fusion 7 today and get 28% off!

But what’s new is that users who buy between now and our release later this summer will get Fusion 8 for free!

The upgrade will come automatically through the email you use with My VMware  within 48 hours of our release later this summer, so there’s no action required on your part!

So go ahead, get started with VMware Fusion 7 today and feel safe knowing that you’ll automatically get the Fusion 8 when we release later this summer!

Coming Soon

Coming Soon!

Discover Windows 10 on your Mac today using VMware Fusion 7 with 10% off and a FREE upgrade to VMware Fusion 8

Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft which released today, represents a leap forward from the past.  It’s smarter, faster, more efficient, and makes Windows look better than ever.  For some it may not be as amazing as OS X of course, but as far as Windows goes it’s the best version yet.

Thanks to VMware Fusion 7, Mac users can rejoice knowing they haven’t been left out of the loop by running Windows 10 as a virtual machine on their Macs.  Whether you’re upgrading an existing Windows 7 or 8 virtual machine, or installing from scratch for that fresh, new-operating-system experience, VMware Fusion 7 lets you discover all of the latest features that Windows 10 has to offer, right from the comfort of your Mac.

 

To celebrate the Windows 10 release, we’re giving a 10% discount and a free upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 (or 8 Pro) for anyone that buys or upgrades to VMware Fusion 7 (or 7 Pro) from today onwards!

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

 

Take 10% off today when you buy or upgrade to the current release of Fusion 7 or Fusion 7 Pro and automatically receive a FREE upgrade to Fusion 8 or Fusion 8 Pro once they release later this summer.

 

We’re really excited about our next major releases, and have been hard at work putting the finishing polishes on the next big versions of Fusion and Fusion Pro with over 50 and 60 new features respectively!

 

Buy or Upgrade to Fusion 7 or Fusion 7 Pro now!

 

Windows 10 and Cortana

Windows 10 and Cortana

 

VMware Fusion Technology Preview 2015 Available Now!

It’s about that time again!

The VMware Fusion team is excited to announce availability of the Fusion Technology Preview 2015!

You can get it today from the Community Forums:
Fusion Technical Preview 2015 Community

We’ve been hard at work delivering the features our users have been asking for, and we’re looking for your feedback in the following areas:

    • New OS Support:
      • Windows 10 Insider Preview
      • Ready for OS X 10.11 ‘El Capitan’ Public Beta (use 10.10 OS type)
  • DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 Support

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We’re very excited to hear your experiences, so please share your stories in the Fusion Technical Preview 2015 Community!

Fusion is one amazing hypervisor


Type 2 hypervisors are cool.

If you’re looking at the ones from VMware (Fusion Pro, Fusion, Workstation & Player Pro) then you should know that the core technology in those is not only the same, but it’s the same as in vSphere – the solution that powers many of the world’s most in-demand and high performance data centers.

Why should you care about that? Because it means that the care and attention to detail that drives billions of seamless internet transactions every day is available to work for you should you need to run Windows on your Mac, Linux on your Windows, or just about any combination there of.

In this demo I thought I’d be crazy and see how far I could push them. While it certainly wasn’t without its scary moments, I hit no walls, encountered no unrecoverable errors, and barely even caused the iMac’s fan to spin. I’m using a combination of Fusion Pro and Player Pro.

The only reason I stopped at 25 was that it was taking too much time to build all those operating systems – I have a day job according to my boss.

Here’s the 25 nested OS’s you can see in the video running ALL AT THE SAME TIME on a late-2014 27” iMac with 32Gb RAM, 4GHz Intel i7.

  1. OS/X 10.11 El Capitan
  2. OS/X 10.10 Yosemite
  3. OS/X 10.9 Mavericks
  4. OS/X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  5. OS/X 10.7 Lion
  6. OS/X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server
  7. OS/X 10.5 Leopard Server
  8. Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview
  9. Windows 8.1 Enterprise N
  10. Windows 7 Enterprise N
  11. Windows Vista Business
  12. Windows XP SP2
  13. Windows 2000 SP2
  14. Windows 98
  15. Windows 95
  16. Windows NT 4 SP6
  17. Windows 3.1
  18. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  19. Debian 8.1 (Jessie)
  20. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 7.1 (maipo)
  21. openSUSE 13.2 (harlequin)
  22. Fedora 22
  23. Zorin OS 9 (trusty)
  24. OS/2 Warp v4
  25. Android 4.4.2 (kitkat)

Clearly, if you try this yourself don’t phone support. They’ll be impressed but I doubt they help you. This was fun. I wonder what I can do next?

Thanks for watching.

Horizon FLEX 1.5 now shipping

Horizon FLEX 1.5

Horizon FLEX 1.5

Andy here again.  I’m delighted to announce that Horizon FLEX 1.5 is now shipping. This update is huge. We’ve got server side improvements, client side improvements, probably even improvements in the bit that connects the two!

Sorry, I’ll try and be serious, this is after all a very big deal. It’s been just 6 months since we shipped Horizon FLEX 1.0, and less than 3 months since we shipped 1.1. This release adds many of the features you requested.

  • The ability to remotely wipe a VM from a host machine
  • Granular control over USB devices
  • Policy control over a common file system between the host and client
  • More lenient user controls over RAM and CPU allocation
  • Greater integration with Active Directory for encryption / decryption
  • Limit to single instance of virtual image

We’ve even improved the way you distribute the Horizon FLEX Clients, and added the ability to make a desktop shortcut for your virtual image. Your users are going to love this.

Watch the introductory video below to learn more.

To access the software, just sign in to your account and download it from either support or from the store.

Thank you.

Horizon FLEX: giving users the desktop they need

It’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for, how to define a Horizon FLEX entitlement!

Hello, it’s Andy again. Today’s short video once again features a shiny me, but it’s thankfully very short: just over 90 seconds after you skip all the fancy bumpers we put at the front and back of it.

To recap, in part one I showed you how to build a Horizon FLEX compatible image. In part two, I showed you how to define acceptable use policy for groups of people. In today’s lesson, we’re going to take everything we’ve learned so far, sprinkle it with AD groups and build entitlements.

Entitlements are just the fancy way of saying that the people in accounting get access to a different image than the one you give the sales people, and those differing images can operate under different acceptable use polices.

The next section on the Horizon FLEX administrator’s console shows all the VM’s that are in use, what policies are being enforced, and even gives you the ability to tweak the settings for a specific user.

Machines in use

Machines in use

Bonus point! If you’re using VMware Mirage to manage your virtual images (and you really should) that information appears in the console too. Fantastic.

Next time, I think I might show you sometime I call my Russian Doll demo. It showcases why more people use VMware hypervisors than any other. It’s truly mind blowing.

Thanks and if you’d like to know more, or to download a free trial of Horizon FLEX, please click here.

VMware Fusion 7.1.2 Update

On June 15th we released VMware Fusion 7.1.2, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Professional.

To download VMware Fusion 7.1.2, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates.

For more details on Fusion 7.1.2, read the Release Notes.

Thanks to the Fusion customers reporting these issues to Fusion Support and discussing them with the VMware Fusion Community.

-The VMware Fusion Team