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VMware Cyber Monday Sale – Savings up to 40%!

There is no better time to upgrade or buy VMware Fusion 5 than during our Cyber Monday 5-day sale!

 

Winner of the PCMag, MacWorld UK and MacFormat Editors’ choice awards, VMware Fusion 5 is the ultimate way to run Windows 8 on a Mountain Lion Mac. So buy or upgrade now and get more than 70 new features including better performance, faster graphics and Retina Display optimization.

  • Upgrade from VMware Fusion 3 & 4 or from Parallels for only $29.99!
  • Buy VMware Fusion 5 Professional and save 40%
  • Buy VMware Fusion 5 and save 20%

 

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The reviews are in. VMware Fusion 5 shines.

VMware Fusion 5 and VMware Fusion 5 Professional launched with rave reviews. Macworld, PCMag, MacFormat and many more loved the 70+ new features, including optimization for Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs.

We’re especially pleased with the 3 Editors’ Choice awards from MacWorld UK, MacFormat and PCMag. See for yourself what everyone’s talking about:

MacWorld UK (5 mice) – Editors’ Choice: 

“It’s not just hype when VMWare claims that Fusion 5 can run Windows software at ‘near native’ speeds.”

PCMag.com (4.5 stars) – Editors’ Choice:

“Highest performance among benchmarked desktop virtualization solutions tested.” 

MacFormat UK (5 stars) – Editors’ Choice:

“Fusion 5 is great, we liked it and can highly recommend it. It’s cheaper than Parallels and ran just as fluently during our testing.”

NetworkWorld - Gearhead rating of 5 out of 5:

“VMware’s Fusion 5 Professional Edition for OS X is a really big step up in virtual machine technology under  OS X”

MacWorld US - 4.5 mice:

 

This holiday season choose the ultimate way to run Windows on a Mac. Choose VMware Fusion 5.

 

Nuts and Bolts: Printing to Mac Connected Printers from Windows Virtual Machines

Nuts_and_boltsOur friend Rob Griffiths over at Macworld magazine has a great post today about the intricacies of printing to a Mac printer from a Windows machine, either virtual or physical.

Lots of people know about Apple’s Bonjour networking software and how it can be used to print on a Mac printer from Windows.   But what a lot of people may not know is that with some tweaking, even a non-Bonjour capable printer can be used to print from Windows, with the help of an additional Apple technology: printer sharing.

Check out Rob’s post to get the lowdown.  One thing to note: if doing this from a Windows virtual machine on VMware Fusion, you’re going to want to be in Bridged Networking mode.

And you can see more about printing in VMware Fusion virtual machines, and more about Windows on Mac, on our self-paced tutorials page here.

VMware Fusion at Macworld Roundup

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Recently Macworld posted up a bunch of the sessions from the annual conference for viewing online.  So we thought we’d join in on the fun too.

This may come under the heading of "You’re only getting to this now?" but now that we’re somewhat unburied from Macworld, we’ve pulled together some of our own experiences–pictures, customer quotes, and video–from the annual Mac pilgrimage to share back with the larger community.  Our Macworld landing page has been updated with those items, here.

We even created a video compilation of great moments from throughout the show, from when Sinbad showed up to rave about VMware Fusion for Windows on Mac, to when a user brought by cookies and a thank you note to let us know how much he likes the software.  Enjoy!

…but we’re huge in Canada!

National_canadian_flagAll the cool interviews that took place at Macworld are slowly but surely making their way out of the woodwork.

NewMediaManitoba.tv had a chance to catch up with Pat, our fearless product manager, at Macworld, and talk a little bit about (that was pronounced "aboot" by the way) VMware Fusion and its features like Unity mode, Dual SMP, and how it helps users run Windows on Mac

Looking at this video’s fantastic editing , especially in light of my own somewhat pedestrian video production attempts, is really quite impressive. Kudos to NewMediaManitoba.tv for making such great video podcasts.
 

Check it out!

As we prepare for Macworld 2008, a look back at the last year…

The Beginning

This time last year, we had just shipped our first public beta of VMware for the Mac, codenamed "Fusion" and I had just joined VMware and the Mac team right before Macworld. VMware had its first Macworld booth ever and the Mac team talked to thousands of Mac users looking for a way to run Windows on their Mac (or maybe they talked to us get the free t-shirt that we gave away! :) )

The Mac team came away from Macworld pumped and got back to work making VMware for the Mac even better. We added DirectX 8.1 accelerated 3D graphics , the first hardware acclerated 3D graphics in the Mac virtualization market when released in beta 2 in February 2007. In April, we announced we had a name for our Mac product: VMware Fusion (TM). In June, with beta 4 we introduced Unity , the most seamless way to run Windows applications like Mac applications. In the end, there were over 250,000 beta downloads of VMware Fusion before we launched VMware Fusion 1.0.

The Launch

On August 6, 2007 we launched VMware Fusion 1.0 and brought the following exclusive features to the Mac platform that still aren’t shipping today in other products including a Cocoa-native user interface with customizable toolbars, support for 2-way Virtual SMP for multiple processors in a virtual machine, ability to run both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems in a virtual machine, and no limits on the number of virtual machines runnings at a time, you are limited only by available memory.

The Dot Release

In November 2007, we released VMware Fusion 1.1  which added experimental support for DirectX 9.0 (without shaders) 3D graphics, full support for Mac OS X Leopard, and simultanously shipped a single installer for English, French, German, and Japanese.  In addition, we also released beta 1 of VMware Importer , which allows you to easily migrate your Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machines to VMware Fusion.

Virtual Machine Importation with Ease

Earlier this week, we released beta 2 of VMware Importer which adds support for importing Virtual PC 7.0 for Mac virtual machines in addition to improving support for importing Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machines. I recommended checking out VMware Importer , it is great tool to get you up and running in VMware Fusion quickly.

It was been an incredibly busy year and I can’t be prouder of being part of the Mac team at VMware. The Mac team is building products that we as Mac users want to use and are happy our users love. The acceptance of the VMware Fusion to date has been incredible. Thank you to the Mac community for your support so far.

Awards and Reviews

VMware Fusion received many great reviews including three I want to call out:

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal  said "Fusion has a much smaller impact on the Mac’s overall performance"

Rob Griffiths at Macworld  said "I currently prefer Fusion for its low impact on other OS X applications, support for multiple virtual CPUs, and huge library of virtual appliances." 

Daniel Begun at CNET Crave  said "From a pure performance perspective, Fusion proves to be a faster performing platform than Parallels. Additionally, in our anecdotal hands-on testing we found Fusion to be somewhat more stable than Parallels"

In addition to the many great reviews, VMware Fusion has won eight awards to date including the 2007 Macworld Eddy! See below for the list of awards won so far:

2007 Macworld Editor’s Choice Award

2007 Pogie (David Pogue of New York Times Technology Award)

Macworld UK Editor’s Choice

PC Pro Recommended (PC Pro UK)

Amazon’s Best of 2007 

Lifehacker Top 10 New and Improved Apps of 2007

Redmond Magazine Editor’s Choice Award – Biggest \\\\\\"Wow\\" in an IT product

IT Enquirer Editor’s Choice

We can’t thank the Mac community enough for how you have embraced VMware Fusion and we look forward to making 2008 an even better year for Mac users.

Please come by our Macworld  booth to meet me, Pete, and other members of the Mac team, we are in booth #2717 .

Pat

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