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Black Friday Sale on now!


This is it! The biggest sale of the year!

It’s your chance to upgrade to the latest and greatest Fusion that we’ve released to date!

Take advantage of huge savings on Fusion and Fusion Pro and see why the reviewers are saying that Fusion 8 is the clear winner!

If you’ve been thinking of upgrading from Parallels, the best deal of the year awaits you with a whopping 55% off Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro!



New this year is a bundle discount! Buy both Fusion 8 Pro and Workstation 12 Pro together and take 50% off!



Remember, this is for a limited time only! Offer ends on November 27th 8:59 PM PST

Buy now and save before the deal ends!

Fusion 8.0.2 now available

Today we have released an important update to Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, bringing our current version to 8.0.2.

All users on Fusion 8 or Fusion 8 Pro will receive notification that a free update is available through the app, but here’s the download link in case you haven’t got the notification yet:

Direct Download

This release contains fixes in the following areas:

  • BootCamp + OS X El Capitan 
    • We have resolved multiple issues with running BootCamp as a VM in OS X El Capitan
  • Resolved crashes with fullscreen in multi-monitor setups
  • Wireshark, EtherApe, tcpdump
    • Fusion host network interfaces (vmnet1 and vmnet8) now support tools such as tcpdump, Wireshark, EtherApe, and others compatible with BPF
  • Support for Skylake processors
    • Such as the new 27″ Late 2015 iMac 5K
  • Remote VM Creation fixes
    • VM creation will now see the proper values for the Network, allowing the guest to properly obtain an IP address and connect to the network

VMware Fusion 8.0.2 Full Release Notes

All users on Fusion 8 or Fusion 8 Pro will receive notification that a free update is available.

Thinking of upgrading from version 6 or 7? Check out our online store today!


El Capitan now available and fully supported!


Mac users worldwide rejoiced as Apple released the public general availability of OS X 10.11 El Capitan today.  As with all major OS updates, often the question isn’t simply “Should I upgrade?”, but rather “Should I upgrade right now or wait until the first point release?”.

The community has had the time to dig into El Capitan with great reviews from Ars Technica, MacworldGizmodo, 9to5Mac and others.  The reviewers are generally saying the same thing: Upgrade today, it’s worth it.

This decision is of course going to be different for every user depending on their needs.  Folks with mission critical applications that they depend on tend to be more hesitant when risking the stability of their systems.  Other folks however can tolerate the occasional bug.

When we released VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, we announced that we would fully support El Capitan, and we’re making good on that promise.

Recently we were somewhat surprised by a late change to El Capitan that was preventing the installation of El Capitan in a virtual machine, which I wrote about on my personal blog over here.  We had a fix, but it wasn’t an ideal situation and I personally am not a fan of telling users to replace components within the Fusion application package itself.

So, we felt this was kind of a big deal, and we released a fix yesterday by way of Fusion 8.0.1 to make sure that users who want to test the latest and greatest in a virtual machine were going to have the experience they expect: It just works. Users who have 8.0 installed should be getting a push notification about the available update, and we’ll be making updates to our web downloads shortly.

VMware Fusion 8 continues to make it easy to run the latest operating systems, and with 8.0.1 you can rest assured that not only does it run great on El Capitan, but that El Capitan also runs great as a virtual machine in VMware Fusion.

Congratulations to Apple on this fantastic release!

Thinking about upgrading from Parallels? We have a great deal for you!

VMware Fusion 8 Outperforms the Competition

The team here at VMware were very proud to see Fusion 8 outperform Parallels 11 and VirtualBox 5 in a recent battery of tests performed by TekRevue.com

“[…] Fusion 8 is the clear winner, taking 11 out of 18 tests and pushing on three more.”


VMware Fusion came through on top largely due to our new virtual graphics hardware which outperforms the competition and delivers stunning DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 graphics for all kinds of applications.


“Fusion 8’s superior OpenGL graphics implementation results in a score that’s 66 percent higher than Parallels 11 at 720p, and 92 percent higher at 1080p.” 

“[…] Fusion 8 made much larger and more impressive performance gains this year, both compared to its predecessor and in a direct comparison with Parallels.”


Benchmarking an application for comparison is something of an art, and when that application happens to be one designed to run other operating systems, the challenge of testing it many times across many systems can be pretty daunting.

All told there we counted over 700 test runs from 18 categories in total! A huge undertaking for sure, these guys deserve a break.


It’s a great time for Parallels users looking to switch to the best and still take 40% off the regular price of Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro!





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


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.


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.




65% OpenGL Performance improvement and 15% DirectX 9 Performance improvement



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.




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.


$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.



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



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