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VMware Black Friday Sale – Our Biggest Sale of the Year

Celebrate Black Friday with the best savings of the year on VMware Fusion 6 and VMware Fusion 6 Professional.

                                                 

VMware Fusion 6 won PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice and has received positive reviews from a variety of publications. Here’s a sample:

“VMware Fusion (6) is the smoothest-running and least obtrusive app on the market for running Windows or Linux apps under OS X.”

- Edward Mendelson, PC Magazine (PC Magazine Editor’s Choice)

“If you’re looking for solid launch-day support for Windows 8.1, Mavericks, or Linux in a VM, VMware Fusion 6 is highly recommended.”

- Dave Girard, arstechnica

“VMware Fusion 6 Professional is the most enterprise-capable version of VMware Fusion to date.  It also has a great user experience, making it an ideal choice for enterprises that don’t have much experience with virtualization or Macs.”

- Will Kelly, TechRepublic

Buy or upgrade now and save 35% through December 1, 2013:

  • Buy VMware Fusion 6
  • Upgrade from VMware Fusion 4 or 5
  • Buy VMware Fusion 6 Professional
  • Upgrade from VMware Fusion 5 Professional

Have a PC and a Mac?

Get 40% off when you buy VMware Fusion 6 Professional and VMware Workstation 10.

  • Buy VMware Fusion 6 Professional and VMware Workstation 10

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Sale extended to Wednesday, December 4th, at midnight PST

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-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

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Availability Update

Today Microsoft is making Windows 8.1 available for purchase.

If you already have Windows 8, beginning on October 17th you can download the Windows 8.1 update for free from the Windows Store.

If you’re a Windows 7 and below user, you can purchase a Windows 8.1 DVD and have it shipped to you from the Windows Store starting today, October 18th.

If you have installed the Windows 8.1 Preview, and want to update to Window 8.1, check out this page for more information.

However you acquire Windows 8.1, VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional are ready now to run Windows 8.1 Home, Professional, and Enterprise on your Mac. You’ll be able to start in desktop mode, view Metro applications in Launchpad and the Applications folder, or pin Metro apps in the dock when in Unity mode. Fusion 6 also supports Windows 8.1 application-style startup menu. You’ll also be able to launch Windows 8.1 from a Boot Camp partition included on 2013 Macs.

Your installation process for Windows 8.1 will depend on whether you’re downloading an update or installing from a DVD.  Whatever the process, the new installation assistant in VMware Fusion 6 will walk you through the process in no time.

Enjoy Windows 8.1!

–The Fusion Team

VMware Fusion 6.01 is Now Available

We’re pleased to announce the release of VMware Fusion 6.0.1, a maintenance release that provides fixes for a handful of reported bugs and improves support for Windows 8.1 media downloaded from MSDN.

Current users of VMware Fusion 6.0 can download the new release by selecting VMware Fusion > Check for Update.

This release also fixes the bug covered in our September 6, 2013 blog post.

For more detail on this release, read the Release Notes.

Many thanks to the Fusion 6.0 customers who helped us deliver this maintenance release so quickly. We appreciate your thoughtful feedback via the VMware Fusion Community.

VMware Fusion 6 failing to start on some Macs

Symptoms: VMware Fusion 6 crashes when opened. The crash report includes the text “cui::license::GetLicenseInfoForProduct”

 Cause: This issue is caused by an incompatibility with files created by VMware Fusion v1. These files may have been created by installing VMware Fusion v1 on your Mac, or they may have been migrated from an older Mac.

Resolution:

In Finder select Go > Go to Folder…

Enter “/Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/” and press “Go”

 Delete any files beginning with “license.fusion.site.6.0” by dragging them to the Trash.

 

Enter your Mac password to complete the operation.

 

Open VMware Fusion 6.

 

Alternatively, the same steps can be achieved from the command-line:

sudo rm /Library/Preferences/VMware\ Fusion/license.fusion.site.6.0.*

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.

 

 

Help wanted!

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andjohan/

We’re hard at work on making VMware Fusion even better. We recently released a Technology Preview and we’d love to get feedback on how we’re doing. The Technology Preview includes some exciting new capabilities of particular interest to power-users including:

  • Improved support for Haswell processors, as found in the new Apple MacBook Air.
  • Improved support for very large virtual machines (up to 64GB each)
  • Improved support for Windows 8, including “Metro” style applications.

The Technology Preview is still a work in progress, so please don’t use it on production systems or with virtual machines that have not been backed up. Your thoughts and experiences with Technology Preview and ideas for features you’d like to see in future versions of VMware Fusion can be posted in the community discussion forum.

 

Using VMware Fusion with Vagrant to speed software development

The Vagrant project is a popular tool for software developers to speed their development and testing efforts. The Vagrant tool enables teams of developers to share common environments and configurations using their existing collaboration tools. Linux Journal describes the problem perfectly:

“Welcome to the team! Here’s a list of 15 applications to install, the instructions are in the team room, somewhere.”

Hashicorp, a company started by Mitchell Hashimoto, one of the founders of the Vagrant project recently announced a commerical plugin that enables Vagrant to work seamlessly with VMware Fusion 5 Professional.

The number of pre-built base boxes designed for VMware Fusion is already growing fast. Getting your own software up and running using Vagrant and VMware Fusion is getting easier and easier. Much of the heavy-lifting is already taken care of using low-memory Ubuntu configurations and the Vagrant best practices. Of course Vagrant works well with configuration management tools including Puppet and Chef.

We’re excited that the power of VMware virtual machines are now available to Vagrant users with a Mac and are looking forward to future developments from the HashiCorp team.