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VMware Fusion: Mac Virtualization for Everyone

Hi everyone!

Most Mac users know about VMware Fusion and how it’s the best way to run Windows on your Mac… BUT… did you know it’s also the tool of choice for IT, Developers and Businesses looking to get the most out of their hardware investment, or embrace a BYOD culture?

Well if you didn’t, consider this an introduction to how people use Fusion for things OTHER than home users running Windows on the Mac.

Check out our new video below!



VMware Fusion 8.5 Announced!

We’ve been holding in the surprise for some time now but on the keynote stage today at VMworld, Sanjay Poonan, EVP of our End user Computing business unit where Fusion and Workstation are situated, pulled the covers back and revealed the details about our big annual release.

This year we are delivering Fusion 8.5 and Fusion 8.5 Pro, and the big surprise is this: It’s a free upgrade for all current-version customers.  So, if you’re on Fusion 8.1.1, you’re going to be able to upgrade to the latest Fusion with full support for macOS Sierra and Windows 10 Anniversary edition, for free. We’ll also be adding Windows Server 2016 support when it comes available.

The release includes support for some interesting macOS Sierra features, including Tabs and Siri support.

This is an exciting release for us because it marks the first time that we have provided a yearly update for no additional cost to current-version customers. We’ve been holding the surprise in for some time, so we’re very excited to finally share this with the world.

We’ve also changed how users can upgrade to the latest release. Users are eligible for upgrade pricing going back to Fusion 4. So, if you have an old Fusion license and haven’t upgraded in a few years, there’s never been a better time.


Tabs! With macOS Sierra, you can now bring all those VM’s into a single window


Hey Siri, Open Microsoft Edge

This also marks the release of VMware Workstation 12.5 Pro and Player editions, which you can read more about here. We expect all 4 products (Fusion, Fusion Pro, Workstation Pro and Workstation Player) to release mid-September.

So if you’re still on Fusion 7 or older, you can upgrade to 8.1.1 today and know that we’ve got your back by making sure you’ll be able to run the latest and greatest from Microsoft and Apple!

Meet the team!

One of our signs at our Palo Alto campus

The Fusion and Workstation teams are having a very busy year. Since we shipped Fusion 8 and Workstation 12 almost a year ago, we’ve been busy adding new skills to the development teams so that we can take the products in a new and compelling direction. Added to that, the team has released several updates that you really should be loading on to your systems – they make the products better in a bunch of ways that are described here, here and here.

Given that some of the new features we’re working on are aimed at developers, we recently sponsored a Macworld party at WWDC so that people could meet the me and the rest of the management team. I was impressed by how passionate and supportive the party-goers were, and we certainly learned a lot. Our backlog of ideas almost doubled!


Early shot of the rooftop Patio Party with Macworld and friends during WWDC 2016, VMware’s Andy Morris can be seen on the very right in the middle of some intense conversation with our eStore team director, Michael B.

More sober and back in the office, it occurred to us that more people might like to meet the team too. The management team is boring, that’s just the five of us Powerpoint jockies; the real teams that do the hard work of building, delivering and supporting the products are a diverse group of people spread all over the world.

Our Palo Alto braintrust. Without these geniuses, we wouldn't be having this conversation!

Our Palo Alto braintrust. Without these geniuses, we wouldn’t be having this conversation! Ooh, and check out the turtles in our pond!

The core compute, storage and network guys work on all of VMware’s hypervisors and are known as Layer 1. These guys build the hypervisor as well as our Virtual Devices (all the “hardware” that Windows/guests see), the Graphics stack, the Networking stack, VMware Tools, VMRC (the ‘console’ view), USB devices, and the list goes on… In the photo is about half of the group. Every one of the people in this photo is a certifiable genius, and without these guys, a whole industry would not exist.

Our Hosted UI and Quality teams

Our Hosted UI and Quality teams

Once they’ve done their voodoo, as they do, they pass the base code to these guys, our Hosted-UI (Product) and QE (Quality) teams. These folks have the incredibly difficult task of turning what is basically just cool tech, in to the products you love. And they do it exceedingly well. Every time we do a customer survey, Workstation and Fusion score the highest of all our products for quality and satisfaction. Our Hosted-UI team members, past and present, put in a lot of hours making Fusion and Workstation the amazing products they are today, and for that we can’t begin to express our gratitude.  By the same extension, we couldn’t be more excited about what we have in store for the future!


The Support team!

The Support team!

Of course, even with awesome quality control, sometimes you just need help solving a problem, and that’s where these guys come in. This is about half of our 24 hour, 7 days a week, Fusion and Workstation support staff. These guys are the ones we listen to the most. Building new products is fun, but we’re very aware that you rely on them to solve real world problems. These guys are our canaries, our triage, our compass. We couldn’t do it without them.


This combined team is working tirelessly to support you in your business. They’ve got a great surprise lined up for Q3, something very interesting for Q4, and something very big for H1. It’s not easy delivering a product that is downloaded almost 5 million times a year, but these people are the very best at what they do, and we’re proud to have them with us.


VMware Fusion 7.1.1 Update

VMware Fusion 7.1.1 Update

On February 17th we released VMware Fusion 7.1.1, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro.

To download VMware Fusion 7.1.1, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates.

For more details on Fusion 7.1.1, 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

Three Great Solutions for New Mac Users

We’re delighted to see the growth in Mac users resulting from Apple’s record sales of 5.5M Macs in their fiscal fourth quarter. That’s a 20%-plus increase over their last record-breaking quarter in 2011, when Apple sold 4.9M Macs. These sales numbers have moved Mac market share to its highest point since 1995.

For new (and existing) Mac users, VMware offers three great solutions that allow them use the Macs they love to run the Windows applications they can’t live without.

  • VMware Fusion 7: for Mac users that want to continue to run essential Windows applications, Fusion 7 is the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. Fusion 7 is optimized for the newest Macs and is ready for OS X Yosemite and Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview.
  • VMware Fusion 7 Pro: for advanced users, developers, and QA engineers that want to use Macs, Fusion 7 Pro offers crucial features to enable them to create powerful virtual machines that run on Macs. Fusion 7 Pro provides unsurpassed platform compatibility, including the latest Microsoft operating systems and most recent Linux distributions. Fusion 7 Pro also allows IT admins to create Windows desktops for employees that want Macs but need to use business-critical Windows applications.
  • VMware Horizon FLEX: for IT groups that need to accommodate Mac users, BYO users, contractors, and road warriors, Horizon FLEX provides a flexible solution for centrally creating, securing, deploying, and managing local Windows desktops.


VMware Fusion 6.0.3 Update

On April 17th we released VMware Fusion 6.0.3, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional.

To download VMware Fusion 6.0.3, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates.

For more details on Fusion 6.0.3, 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

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update

On November 5th we released VMware Fusion 6.0.2, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 6.

An issue that caused some Fusion users to receive a “Not enough physical memory” messages when opening a virtual machine after upgrading to OS X Mavericks was resolved in this release.

To download VMware Fusion 6.0.2, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates.

For more details on Fusion 6.0.2, 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

VMware Fusion 6 and OS X Mavericks: the perfect combo!

Today Apple announced the immediate availability of OS X Mavericks and we could not be happier to report that VMware Fusion 6 runs smoothly!

VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional also provide support for new OS X Mavericks capabilities:

  • Mavericks multiple display support: Windows and Mac desktops displayed simultaneously in separate displays—just swipe to move between them
  • Display your Windows environment on your HDTV via AirPlay using an Apple TV
  • Run OS X Mavericks as a virtual machine
  • Create OS X Mavericks virtual machines directly from the OS X Recovery Partition
  • Add Windows files to Finder tabs (when using the Fusion Shared Folders feature)
  • Tag Windows files (when using the Fusion Shared Folders feature)

In addition, VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional support dictation for Windows applications, including Mavericks enhanced dictation for Macs not connected to the Internet.

VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional also pair nicely with the newly announced Macs:

  • Optional font size adjustment for an even crisper Windows environments on Retina display Macs
  • Updated virtualization engine that can support up to 16 vCPUs and 64GB of RAM per virtual machine.
  • Up to 25% faster performance (compared with Fusion 5) when running Windows 7

We hope you enjoy Mavericks and Fusion 6! Feel free to drop us a line below or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

To buy or upgrade to VMware Fusion 6, click here.

To buy or upgrade to VMware Fusion 6 Professional, click here.

To try VMware Fusion 6 or VMware Fusion 6 Professional for 30 days, click here for Fusion 6 and here for Fusion 6 Professional.

The Fusion Team

VMware Fusion 6 and VMware Fusion 6 Professional available today!


We’re extremely excited to announce the worldwide releases of VMware Fusion 6 and VMware Fusion 6 Professional.

VMware Fusion 6

VMware Fusion 6 is recommended for home users who are looking for the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to run Windows applications on a Mac. New features include:

  • Designed for OS X Mavericks – Extend the unique features of Mavericks to your Windows environment such as taking full advantage of every display connected to your Mac with multiple display support and enhanced dictation support in your Windows applications.


  • Ready for Windows 8.1 – Get the most out of Windows 8.1 directly on your Mac by running Windows Store applications side-by-side with your Mac applications. With VMware Fusion 6, you can access Windows Store applications in Launchpad or the Applications folder and put them in the Dock in Unity mode. 

  • Optimized for the Latest Macs – VMware Fusion 6 is optimized for the latest Macs taking advantage of Intel’s latest Haswell processors for even better battery life and even faster performance when running Windows applications.


  • Create the Most Powerful Virtual Machines – Create virtual machines with support for up to 16 vCPUs, 8 TB virtual disks, and up to 64 GB of memory to run the most demanding Windows applications on a Mac.
  • Enhanced User Interface – From its streamlined user experience and improved PC migration assistant, to easier installation of Windows and more granular selection of computer resources, everything has been enhanced to give users an even better way to run Windows on a Mac.


VMware Fusion 6 Professional

VMware Fusion 6 Professional includes all of the features of Fusion 6 along with advanced functionalities designed to improve the way professionals deliver enterprise applications to Mac and PC users. Key benefits include:


  • Enhanced Restricted Virtual Machines – Fusion 6 Professional enhances restricted virtual machines by adding more customizable restrictions that provide IT administrators with even more control over deployments of corporate desktops.


  • Expiring Virtual Machines – With the ability to expire virtual machines at a specific date and time, VMware Fusion 6 Professional enables deployment of corporate virtual machines to contractors and allows software developers to easily deliver demos of their software as a time-limited virtual appliance.


  • Single Virtual Machine Mode – Easily prevent users from creating new virtual machines or accessing specific application features, to reduce support calls and increase productivity.


  • Linked Clones – Linked clones allow users to create multiple copies of a virtual machine without duplicating the entire contents of the original disk saving considerable space on their Mac.


  • BYOPC with VMware Player 6 Plus – VMware Fusion 6 Professional is licensed to let you use VMware Player 6 Plus to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Fusion 6 Professional on Windows and Linux PCs.

We hope you enjoy using VMware Fusion 6 and VMware Fusion 6 Professional as much as we enjoyed creating them!

The VMware Fusion team.



Availability and Pricing

VMware Fusion 6 and VMware Fusion 6 Professional are available immediately for download and purchase from vmware.com for $59.99 and $129.99 respectively. VMware Fusion 6 Professional is also available via VMware channel partners.

VMware Fusion 4 and 5 customers can upgrade to VMware Fusion 6 for only $49.99 and to VMware Fusion 6 Professional for $69.99 at the VMware online store.

Download a free 30-day trial here.


What if I just bought Fusion 5?

Customers who have purchased VMware Fusion 5 between Aug. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2013 are eligible for an electronic upgrade to VMware Fusion 6 at no additional cost. Learn more about the VMware Fusion electronic upgrade program here.



WOW! We’re all digital.

When we first released VMware Fusion in 2007, we were really excited to design a physical box that would make it to retail shelves and on customer bookshelves around the world.

Since then, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the software industry:

The decline of Macs with optical drives. Most Macs don’t ship with an optical drive anymore. It started with the Macbook Air and we were one of the only software makers to include our software on a USB key and a DVD in every box of Fusion 4. We continued this with Fusion 5 but optical drives in Macs have become even more scarce.

The growth of Internet users and broadband access. Internet access and bandwidth has become ubiquitous. Downloading 500MB software ceased to be an ordeal and actually became convenient and that alone has helped the proliferation of software distribution online tremendously.

The VMware online store. In August, we introduced a major redesign and upgrade to our VMware online store, providing customers an improved navigation and simplified checkout to make buying VMware Fusion easier than before.

You. More importantly, over 75% of our customers were buying Fusion boxes in 2008. While our sales and our user-base continued to grow strongly over the years, the demand for boxes decreased with each new release of VMware Fusion. This year, more than 94% of our customers bought VMware Fusion 5 in electronic format.

We get it. Buying software as a download is a lot easier, uses fewer resources, and eliminates a trip to the store. We like the download-only model for the same reasons you do. We also like it because you can start using – and loving – Fusion a lot faster and you’re guaranteed to get the latest version when you buy it as a download.

So, following our customers’ lead, we’ve decided to stop making Fusion 5 boxes and sell future versions of Fusion only as an electronic download. This change is coming very soon, along with other exciting news, stay tuned!

The VMware Fusion team.