Microsoft Windows XP end of support (AKA the XPocalypse) has come and gone, and we are all still here.
However, a recent Microsoft security alert should give Windows XP users cause for concern as it potentially exposes them to serious security risks. Luckily, Microsoft issued a patch on May 1st – including Windows XP.
The issue is that XP users can’t expect Microsoft to continue to provide security updates for their operating system as support officially ended on April 8th.
If you must continue using XP for a while longer, you can run your critical Windows XP applications in a VMware Fusion virtual environment and get the following benefits:
- Forward compatibility—virtualization lets you run 12-year-old XP on today’s hardware.
- Reduced vulnerability—putting XP into a virtual machine isolates it, enabling you to turn off features that make it vulnerable.
- Safe state rollback—Fusion allows you to take periodic snapshots of a virtual machine that serves as a backup should your XP virtual machine become corrupted.
Click here to learn more about virtualizing Windows XP–and stay tuned for an upcoming blog with tips for what VMware Fusion users can do to protect XP running in Fusion from further security exploits.
Go green—consolidate all your PCs into one with Fusion
Virtualization is a green choice because the technology allows you to run multiple virtual machines on one physical computer. When using Fusion 6 to run Windows on your Mac, you eliminate the need to have two computers, saving on energy costs and reducing your carbon footprint.
And, since Fusion 6 is optimized to give you fast performance while efficiently utilizing your Mac’s battery power, you save even more.
Make a green choice and save up to 20% on Fusion:
This offer begins on April 21, 2014, at 8:00 pm Pacific Time and expires on April 24, 2014, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
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
After 12 years in the market, Windows XP support ends today, April 8, 2014.
Are you still using Windows XP? Do you need more time?
If you’d like to continue running Windows XP, virtualization is an ideal solution. Virtualization will enable you to continue using Windows XP, but on modern hardware, like the latest Macs.
And, if you’ve been thinking about getting a Mac, or own one already, you can use VMware Fusion 6 Professional to create a Windows XP virtual machine that will run on your Mac. You’ll be able to use your Windows XP applications and access your Windows XP documents and files as you do now, only on a Mac.
Moving Windows XP to your Mac is fast and easy with Fusion Professional’s built-in Migration Assistant, which takes you through the migration process step-by-step in clear, easy-to-follow windows. For a preview of the process, watch the how-to video Migrating a Windows PC to a Mac in the VMware Fusion 6 Professional Learning Center.
If you’re happy with Windows XP, you don’t have to stop using it. Just virtualize it on a Mac with VMware Fusion Professional.
Click here to learn more about virtualizing Windows XP.
Change is in the air—a seasonal change!
Depending on where you live, you’ll soon be experiencing the annual shift from Winter to Spring or Summer to Autumn. We’re celebrating this change with a great sale on VMware Fusion 6 Professional and VMware Fusion 6.
This sale will end long before Spring and Autumn will, so act quickly to get the savings. This offer starts on Monday, March 17th at 8 PM Pacific Time and ends on March 20th at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
Could there be gaps in your understanding of VMware Fusion that may be preventing you from getting your maximum value?
If you answered ‘yes’—or even if you answered ‘I don’t know’—help has arrived. Our colleague Michael Roy has published an eBook called Getting Started with VMware Fusion. It’s based on his 7+years of experience using Fusion and helping others use Fusion.
Rather than trying to cover every Fusion feature, Mike chose to write in-depth descriptions of the Fusion features that are most critical to keeping your Fusion virtual machine secure, backed up, and running smoothly.
To read Mike’s blog post on his book, go here.
To learn more about the book or place an order, go here.
Kudos and thanks to Mike on his book!