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Celebrate Earth Day and save on VMware Fusion

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.


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


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



-The VMware Fusion Team

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.



Holy Cute Overload: Switch from Boot Camp to Fusion And You’ll Be This Cute

I think the VMware Fusion team has found an aspiring intern.

Todd Wheeler asked very, very nicely, and got his son Myles to be the family spokesperson about switching from Boot Camp to VMware Fusion.

Why does Myles think that VMware Fusion is a better way to run Windows than Boot Camp alone?  Because you don’t have to reboot and because you can share clipboards between the Mac and the Windows environment.

What Myles didn’t mention is that you can run VMware Fusion right on top of your Boot Camp partition, and then reboot into it if you want to do something like high end 3D gaming, or have Windows access an external Firewire device.

And Myles also didn’t get into the benefits of running a “pure” virtual machine, rather than on top of Boot Camp, like being able to instantly suspend and resume your VM, and snapshot and rollback changes if something breaks.

Regardless, he’s got an open offer if the VMware Fusion team ever needs a mascot. Myles, you rock.

VMware Fusion or Parallels: What do the users have to say?

With more and more people switching to the Mac, people are going to wonder what the best way is for them to bring their favorite Windows apps, peripherals, and more along with them as they switch.

The Mac publications and pundits have given there take on which is superior.

And of course we have a strong opinion about the best way to run Windows on Mac, of course, but then again, of course we’d say that, right?

Don’t Take Our Word For It…

But that’s why we sponsored the “My Switch to VMware Fusion” video contest, to let our every day users share their take on why they switched to VMware Fusion.

In this case, these are the six or so best videos out of the 50+ submissions we received talking about switching from Parallels Desktop for Mac to VMware Fusion.

I think it’s instructive to see what our users decide to talk about in their minute-long clips.

Most ended up focusing on the ease of use, the stability, and the power of VMware Fusion—this is what 10+ years of leading virtualization technology combined with an obsessive Mac fanatical development team gets you.

We’ll be posting more up in the future, but I have to say, I’m pretty impressed by how articulate (and funny!) our users are! 

These users make the case for switching from Parallels to VMware Fusion better than we ever could.

“My Switch to VMware Fusion” Video Contest: The Results Are Out!

A couple months ago we challenged Fusion Fans to flex their creativity by making a video telling their story of switching to VMware Fusion for Windows on Mac – whether from Boot Camp or from other competing products in the market.

Since then we’ve received no fewer than 50 entries from our awesome users – users who told the tale how switching to VMware Fusion had improved their Mac experiences by making Windows on the Mac finally “just work.”

First off, we want to thank all of you who submitted to the contest. Not only were the videos fun to watch, but they also made us feel proud to be a part of the VMware Fusion team.

A Winner Has Emerged: Cara Jean Means, the Super-Mom

Our internal judging panel has decided on a winner! Congratulations to Cara Jean Means, full-time mother and part-time student from Utah, on winning our grand prize – a new MacBook Air! (Not too shabby, eh?)

Cara loves to use the slick media applications on her Mac to organize family photos, but she also needs to run Internet Explorer to access her school’s web apps, along with other Windows-only apps.

Instead of using Boot Camp to switch between her Mac and Windows OS, Cara uses VMware Fusion for a seamless user experience.

Wait! There’s More.

We’re not done giving away prizes yet. There were so many great videos that we decided to give away two runner-up prizes.

Congratulations to Griffin Hammond and Joshua Lindsey, our first and second runner-ups! Each of them will be receiving a new iPod Touch.

A while ago, we’ve blogged about Griffin Hammond’s switch to VMware Fusion to run Adobe Audition on his Mac.


Joshua Lindsey from Kentucky uses VMware Fusion for work at school and play at home. (Microsoft Works and Doom on the Mac, anyone?)

Watch All the Videos: Why Everyone’s Switching to Fusion

There are many other great videos showing the why other Mac users have switched to VMware Fusion. Watch them here.

By the way, every contestant will be getting an awesome VMware Fusion t-shirt, a “My MAC <3 VMware” bumper sticker, and, as a bonus, an iPod speaker docking station.

Thanks for all your support!

Mark Madsen Switched from Parallels to VMware Fusion for OS Options


Pete_s VMware Dell-2Mark Madsen is an agile software consultant–he shows software developers how to get things done faster and better, always with an eye on improvement.

Mark had previously been using Parallels to run Windows on his Mac, but he wasn’t happy with how long operating system installations took.  He wants to run Windows on his Mac to get things done; not to babysit Windows.

And because Mark has to use lots of different types of operating systems in his work, it’s even better if he can get a pre-made virtual machine–a “virtual appliance“–with the application and OS already built it, rather than having to spend time to build a new virtual machine, and install the operating system and applications from scratch.  Again, he really couldn’t get this with Parallels.

Pete_s VMware Dell-3So Mark’s switched to VMware Fusion, and is loving VMware Fusion’s “Easy Install”  feature that performs an unattended install of Windows–no babysitting required.

And Mark’s a big fan of VMware’s Virtual Appliance Marketplace, where he can go and download a pre-built virtual machine of whatever operating system he wants, with applications already installed.

Check out his video above, and his blog post on his switch.

Internet Explorer for the Mac: Levi Bethune Switches to VMware Fusion


Pete_s VMware Dell-1Levi Bethune is a print, video, and web designer (creative guy!  Check out his web page.) who loves his MacBook Pro for its simplicity and “just works” design.

But as a web designer, Levi needs to be able to check his designs across all the major browsers, like Safari for the Mac, Firefox for Windows and the Mac, and then, of course, Internet Explorer.

The problem is, Internet Explorer only runs on Windows.  Levi had been using Boot Camp to run Windows and Internet Explorer on his Mac, but having to reboot to get access to Internet Explorer–every single time he needed to check a design element–was driving him mad.

So Levi switched to VMware Fusion to let him run Internet Explorer on the Mac, and he’s been quite happy with the results, running Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer on his Mac, side by side.


Adobe Audition on the Mac: Griffin Hammond Switches to VMware Fusion


Pete_s VMware Dell

Griffin Hammond is a video editor, web designer, and graduate student at Illinois State University who has a couple key reasons why he needs to run Windows on his Mac.

First, as a filmmaker, Griffin knows the value of good sound quality.  And to get his sound pitch-perfect, Griffin’s favorite application is Adobe Audition, which only runs on Windows.

Griffin tried to use Boot Camp to help him use Adobe Audition on his Mac, but it didn’t provide him the user experience he wanted, and gave him some installation challenges.

So he switched to VMware Fusion, and has since then been really happy with the ease of installation, the ability to drag and drop files between his Mac and Windows environment, and more.

Now that he’s switched to Fusion, Griffin is really enjoying Adobe Audition on his Mac, in addition to Internet Explorer on his Mac, for his web design projects.

And what’s particularly neat about his video, is knowing that the sound was edited on Adobe Audition, running in a virtual machine, on VMware Fusion.  Pretty cool!

Joshua Kaufman Switches from Parallels to VMware Fusion for CorelDraw on the Mac

JoshKaufman-1 Josh Kaufman is a graphic designer working in South Carolina. 

Recently, he was looking to get a new iMac for work, but knew that he would still need Windows on his Mac for a couple of reasons.

First, as a graphic designer whose weapon of choice is CorelDraw, Windows on his Mac was going to be a must-have. 

CorelDraw used to produced a Mac-native version, but stopped shipping that a while ago.

Also, as a guy who likes to keep on top of his work, Josh likes to use the Tasks feature of Microsoft Outlook, and Task synching is a feature that is still missing in Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac.  So he knew he needed Outlook 2007 for Windows too.

Josh knew that Boot Camp wasn’t going to be the right solution, as he needed these applications to run side by side with his Mac apps.  He started out using Parallels, but was pretty unhappy with the results.

He’s since switched from Parallels to VMware Fusion, and hasn’t looked back.

You can read more about his switch to VMware Fusion on his great mini-site that he made for the contest.

And, of course, here’s Josh’s video: