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VMware Fusion Technology Preview July 2014

Today the VMware Fusion team is providing public access to the VMware Fusion Technology Preview July 2014. This Tech Preview adds new features not included in the Technology Preview May 2014. We would like to get feedback from individuals using a wide range of hardware and software configurations.

The VMware Fusion Technology Preview July 2014 includes:

  • New virtual Hardware Version 11. (Virtual Machine > Settings > Compatibility)
  • New icons in the library show state of virtual machines in the list view
  • Support for configuring the amount of graphics memory for each virtual machine. (Virtual Machine > Settings > Display)
  • Configure the use of integrated or discrete graphics cards on Mac Book Pros with more than one GPU.
  • Updated support multi-monitor configurations where one monitor is a Retina-class display.
  • Ability to configure a per-virtual machine hot-key combination (Virtual Machine > Settings > Keyboard & Mouse)
  • Improved support for prerelease versions of Microsoft Windows.
  • New VMware Tools installation method for Windows 8 virtual machines, using USB CD virtual device.
  • NEW- Support for viewing VMware Fusion Professional on VMware Workstation, VMware ESXi, VMware vSphere servers in the library (File > Connect to Server)
  • NEW- Ability to remotely control VMware Workstation, VMware ESXi, VMware vSphere virtual machines
  • NEW- Improved support for unreleased versions of Mac OS X
  • NEW- Ability to share iSight camera between the host and guest operating system

Additional details and the VMware Fusion Technology Preview 2 July 2014 download are available HERE from the VMware Fusion Community.

As with the Technology Preview May 2014, please post all of your feedback in the VMware Workstation Fusion Preview 2014 Community forum.  Our Developers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Support Teams, Technical Writers, Product Marketing Managers, and Product Managers will continue to follow the forum to ensure that we collect your suggestions and comments.

Many thanks for helping us to improve VMware Fusion.

The VMware Fusion Team

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Still Here…for Now

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.