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Extend your Windows XP journey with VMware Fusion

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.

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 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.

 

 

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.

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).

An abundance of threes

This week Apple announced their latest update to OS X Mountain Lion, version 10.8.3. We highly recommend that Fusion users running Mountain Lion apply this update. Not only does it come with great new features, it also includes a fix for the graphics problem that could cause some virtual machines to unexpectedly crash on certain Macs.

To coincide with the release of OS X 10.8.3 we have released VMware Fusion 5.0.3. This includes a number of important bug fixes and minor improvements including better support for Office 2013, improved cursor performance in Unity mode and support for Boot Camp partitions on 3TB drives.

To update Mountain Lion to version 10.8.3, click on: Apple Menu > Software Update…

To update VMware Fusion 5 to version 5.0.3. click on: VMware Fusion Menu > Check for Updates… or click here!

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.

 

Buy VMware Fusion 4 today and get the next version for free!

You'll be pleased to know that if you purchase VMware Fusion 4 from July 25th through September 30th 2012, you are eligible for a complimentary upgrade to the next version of VMware Fusion.

Whether VMware Fusion 4 is purchased electronically from VMware, from a VMware reseller or as a retail box during this time period, you will be eligible for a free electronic upgrade to the next version of VMware Fusion.

We will provide more details on how to receive your free upgrade with the announcement of the next version of VMware Fusion.

When will the next version of VMware Fusion be announced? Stay tuned!

Until then, enjoy VMware Fusion 4.

If you have questions about running VMware Fusion 4 on Mountain Lion, please click here.

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