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Celebrate the Changing Seasons with VMware Fusion

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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.

 

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.

 

 

March Mania Discount Promotion

March Mania Means Special Savings on Fusion 5 Pro!

Award-winning VMware Fusion 5 takes advantage of new technologies only available in Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs to deliver a Windows-on-Mac experience like no other.

Get your game on with up to 30% off when you buy or upgrade to Fusion 5.

Hurry and get your shot at the discount. Offer expires on March 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM (PST).

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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Extended by another two days until Friday 30th at midnight PST

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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.

 

Fusion Movie Night: VMware Importer Demo Video

The Fusion team does its best to make Fusion, and everything that touches it, as user-friendly, and Mac-like as possible.  That means, in part, user interfaces and software that are self-explanatory, and "just work."

Of course, try as we might, documentation is always good to have.  And written documentation is great for going back to and poring over.  But, then again, video is great for making things really obvious in a hurry.

So, in the pursuit of making even documentation "just work" we’re going to be making it a habit to do screen casts of key features and utilities, going forward.  With a rocking backing soundtrack, of course.

Our first effort concerns VMware Importer, VMware’s free utility for importing Parallels and Virtual PC virtual machines to run with VMware Fusion.   We have release notes, of course.  But we also made a video to show just how easy importing a Parallels or Virtual PC virtual machine is. 

Just another step towards making Fusion the easiest way to run Windows on Mac.

Enjoy!

VMware Importer Beta 2 Goes Live!

http://www.vmware.com/files_inline/images/iopg_fusion_importer.gif The VMware Fusion team is proud to announce the release of VMware Importer Beta 2, for the importation of third-party Mac-based virtual machines to run using VMware Fusion

We’re especially excited about this release, as users can now import virtual machines created with Virtual PC 7.0 for Mac!

Even though we live and breath Intel-based Macs here on Team Fusion, it’s important to remember that Intel-Macs have only been around for a little under two years now.

That means there’s a lot of Mac users out there using Virtual PC 7.0 on their trusty PowerBook, iBooks, G4 and G5 Towers, and more.  When it comes time to upgrade to a shiny new Intel-Mac, well, we on Team Fusion want those users to have a smooth upgrade process to the most seamless way to run Windows on a Mac.

VMware Importer Beta 2 allows for the importation of Virtual PC 7.0-based virtual machines with the following operating systems:

  1. Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
  2. Windows XP Service Pack 2
  3. Windows Server 2003

VMware Importer Beta 2 also lets users import virtual machines created using Parallels Desktop for Mac 2.5 and 3.0, including:

  1. Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
  2. Windows XP Service Pack 2
  3. Windows Server 2003
  4. Windows Vista

Check out the VMware Importer Beta 2 landing page here, and give it a whirl!

And, as always, users looking to convert a physical PC to run as a virtual machine under VMware Fusion can use VMware Converter Starter Edition to do just that in a snap.

Questions and comments are always welcome at the VMware Fusion community forums, where Fusion users come to talk Mac virtualization.

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