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 4 is a great choice if you want to try Windows 8 for yourself. Many users are running both OS X 10.7 (Lion) and the Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview on their Mac. By running in a virtual machine you can isolate the new code from your documents and other Windows applications. You can even use the new snapshot viewer to experiment, then roll-back to a known good state, if something goes wrong.
VMware Fusion 4 is available today, download your trial from vmware.com.
You can see a more advanced version of what Jim did with his VMware Fusion Solaris VM and three USB sticks demo’d by some german colleagues of his in this video, where they use three separate USB hubs, each with four USB sticks in it, to demonstrate the redundancy of zPools and ZFS in a RAID-Z configuration.
Sol Young has a great post on using VMware Fusion on a Mac to provide the best of all worlds for cross-platform development.
In this case, Sol’s rig consists of a MacBook Pro with XCode installed, and VMware Fusion hosting both a primary development virtual machine with Visual Studio installed, and a handful of other Windows virtual machines (XP Home, XP Pro, Vista, etc. etc,) for doing regression testing of built apps.
Sol does a great job of doing a quick intro of how VMware Fusion can be used above and beyond just letting you run Windows on a Mac, but can even help turn your Mac into a serious development platform for Windows applications.
Sounds funny to the ear at first, but Sol, and lots of other users are doing just that, using VMware Fusion to take full advantage of their great Mac hardware, while using the power of virtualization to do things like snapshot and rollback to allow a clean base state for testing. Not to menion: finally getting Visual Studio for Mac!