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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.

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.

 

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!

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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.

 

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.

 

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0 and VMware Fusion 5

Apple recently released an update for 2012 Macs, labeled “MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0″ in Software Update. VMware Fusion users should refrain from applying this update. We are investigating reports that it can cause virtual machines to stop working when certain 3D applications are used.

Users who have already applied this update and are affected by this issue can work-around it by disabling the  “Accelerate 3D Graphics” option under Virtual Machine > Settings > Display.

 

 

The best way to run Windows 8 on your Mac

Microsoft decided to piggy-back on the excitement generated by the launch of VMware Fusion 4 and VMware Workstation 8 by announcing the Windows 8 Developer Preview yesterday. Microsoft's preview has seen plenty of coverage on-line and the VMware Personal Desktop team is in Southern California to learn more about the future of Windows.

VMware Fusion 4 is a great choice if you want to try Windows 8 for yourself. Many users are running both OS X 10.7 (Lion) and the Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview on their Mac. By running in a virtual machine you can isolate the new code from your documents and other Windows applications. You can even use the new snapshot viewer to experiment, then roll-back to a known good state, if something goes wrong.

VMware Fusion 4 is available today, download your trial from vmware.com.

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VMware Fusion: Top App for Running Windows on a Mac on a Tight Budget

 InformationWeek

InformationWeek recently published their list of “Top 19 Mac Apps For Tight Budgets” and VMware Fusion was chosen app to run Windows on the Mac.

Mitch Wagner summarizes why Mac users on a tight budget need VMware Fusion.

The most common use is to run Windows and get access to proprietary Windows apps that are not available for the Mac … As if that’s not cool enough, Fusion will let you do a few more things: You can share data between the "guest operating system" and the Mac. You can set some Windows apps to be the default app for specific kinds of documents. And you can run Windows apps in their own, separate windows on the Mac, so they look more like native Mac apps.

In addition to VMware Fusion, there are a lot of other great apps on the InformationWeek Top 19 Mac Apps list that I personally use daily including TextWrangler, Adium, Evernote, Things, and Tweetie. So, I highly recommend you check out the InformationWeek Top 19 Mac Apps list to find some great apps you may not be using today but should check out.

If you aren’t already using VMware Fusion, download a 30-day trial and see why VMware Fusion is the top app for running Windows on a tight budget.

Ask Dave Taylor Answers Questions About VMware Fusion

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Tech support guru Dave Taylor over at "Ask Dave Taylor" has a great post up about running Vista in a virtual machine on VMware Fusion.

Apparently he’s had a lot of his audience asking him questions about VMware Fusion for running Windows on Mac, so he thought he’d do a post on Vista in a VM.

I love the screenshot he provided as proof of success.  Good old Solitaire:

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Nuts and Bolts: Printing to Mac Connected Printers from Windows Virtual Machines

Nuts_and_boltsOur friend Rob Griffiths over at Macworld magazine has a great post today about the intricacies of printing to a Mac printer from a Windows machine, either virtual or physical.

Lots of people know about Apple’s Bonjour networking software and how it can be used to print on a Mac printer from Windows.   But what a lot of people may not know is that with some tweaking, even a non-Bonjour capable printer can be used to print from Windows, with the help of an additional Apple technology: printer sharing.

Check out Rob’s post to get the lowdown.  One thing to note: if doing this from a Windows virtual machine on VMware Fusion, you’re going to want to be in Bridged Networking mode.

And you can see more about printing in VMware Fusion virtual machines, and more about Windows on Mac, on our self-paced tutorials page here.