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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

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

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-The VMware Fusion Team

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update

On November 5th we released VMware Fusion 6.0.2, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 6.

An issue that caused some Fusion users to receive a “Not enough physical memory” messages when opening a virtual machine after upgrading to OS X Mavericks was resolved in this release.

To download VMware Fusion 6.0.2, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates.

For more details on Fusion 6.0.2, read the Release Notes.

Thanks to the Fusion customers reporting these issues to Fusion Support and discussing them with the VMware Fusion Community.

 

The VMware Fusion Team

VMware Fusion 6 and OS X Mavericks: the perfect combo!

Today Apple announced the immediate availability of OS X Mavericks and we could not be happier to report that VMware Fusion 6 runs smoothly!

VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional also provide support for new OS X Mavericks capabilities:

  • Mavericks multiple display support: Windows and Mac desktops displayed simultaneously in separate displays—just swipe to move between them
  • Display your Windows environment on your HDTV via AirPlay using an Apple TV
  • Run OS X Mavericks as a virtual machine
  • Create OS X Mavericks virtual machines directly from the OS X Recovery Partition
  • Add Windows files to Finder tabs (when using the Fusion Shared Folders feature)
  • Tag Windows files (when using the Fusion Shared Folders feature)

In addition, VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional support dictation for Windows applications, including Mavericks enhanced dictation for Macs not connected to the Internet.

VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional also pair nicely with the newly announced Macs:

  • Optional font size adjustment for an even crisper Windows environments on Retina display Macs
  • Updated virtualization engine that can support up to 16 vCPUs and 64GB of RAM per virtual machine.
  • Up to 25% faster performance (compared with Fusion 5) when running Windows 7

We hope you enjoy Mavericks and Fusion 6! Feel free to drop us a line below or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

To buy or upgrade to VMware Fusion 6, click here.

To buy or upgrade to VMware Fusion 6 Professional, click here.

To try VMware Fusion 6 or VMware Fusion 6 Professional for 30 days, click here for Fusion 6 and here for Fusion 6 Professional.

The 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.

 

 

Help wanted!

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andjohan/

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.

 

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!

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.

 

Announcing VMware Fusion 5 packed with 70+ new features and optimized for OS X Mountain Lion

With the recent availability of Mountain Lion, new Macs and the upcoming release of Windows 8, we thought it would be the perfect time to launch a new version of VMware Fusion. Today the team is extremely excited to announce VMware Fusion 5 with over 70 new features. 

Here are some of the key features:

Designed for Mountain Lion 

VMware Fusion 5 has been designed to work on Mountain Lion and integrate to some of its key features. You can now get VMware Fusion updates directly in Mountain Lion’s notification center or search for your favorite Windows programs in Launchpad. And if you have an Apple TV, you can even use “AirPlay Mirroring” to view your Windows environment on your HDTV.

 

Optimized for Windows 8

Who said Windows 8 was for PCs? Get the most out of the new Windows 8 “Metro” UI directly on your Mac and view it in smart full-screen or in unity mode. VMware Fusion 5 has been optimized to take advantage of new Windows 8 technologies and will make you wonder why you would ever consider running Windows 8 on anything other than a Mac.

 

Approved by the Latest Macs

View Windows like you’ve never seen it before with Retina Display optimization for a crisp and detailed experience of your Windows programs. Extend your Mac’s connectivity to your Windows environment and take advantage of USB 3 support for ultra-fast file transfers in Windows 8.

 

Next Generation Performance

VMware Fusion 5 will make running Windows in a virtual environment feel nearly native. Optimizing for technologies found in the latest Macs, you can get up to 40% faster performance when rebooting Windows 7 or when resuming virtual machines. And for all the mobile users out there, you’ll be pleased to know that you can get up to 45% more battery life when running virtual machines with Fusion 5.

 

New Functionalities

VMware Fusion 5 also comes with a number of UI enhancements to make it even easier to run and manage your virtual machines. The new Virtual Machine Library has been updated with Retina Display optimized thumbnails, folders and a new “Finder style” list view which lets you see the disk space taken by each of your virtual machines. Snapshots have also been updated so you can take 1-click snapshots directly from your virtual machine window and revert in 1-click.

 

 New Embedded Learning Center

The new embedded Learning Center lets you access a wide range of videos directly from within VMware Fusion. Get access to a wide range of step-by-step easy to view videos that will help you get started with running Windows on a Mac.  Popular videos include: how to purchase and install a new copy of Windows and how to transfer your entire PC to your Mac.

 

One more thing…

With the growing adoption of Macs in professional environments, we’re really excited to announce an all new version designed for advanced users: VMware Fusion 5 Professional.  VMware Fusion 5 Professional comes loaded with advanced features such as the ability to create restricted virtual machines and create custom networks with the all new network editor.

Best of all, VMware Fusion 3 and 4 users who want to upgrade to Fusion 5 will get VMware Fusion 5 Professional for the price of the standard edition!

So upgrade to VMware Fusion 5 today and get the best way to run Windows on a Mac.

Note that if you purchased VMware Fusion 4 on or after Mountain Lion was released on July 25th 2012, you are eligible for a complimentary upgrade to the next version of VMware Fusion. Click here for more information about this upgrade program.

To buy a copy of VMware Fusion 5 click here.

To try VMware Fusion 5 click here.

If you would like to learn more about VMware Fusion 5 and VMware Fusion 5 Professional click here

Got more than one Mac? We’ve got you covered.

@dmedrick asks: "For a single user, can I install 1 copy of fusion on both my iMac and MacBook Pro or do I need two separate Fusion licenses?"

Starting with VMware Fusion 4, personal users only need one license to install on all the Macs you own. If you're a business or educational institution you'll need one license for each copy of VMware Fusion. The relevant excerpt from the VMware Fusion 4.0 license agreement says:

You may install and use the Software for personal, non-commercial use on any Apple-branded products running Mac OS X (“Mac Computer”) that you own or control.

If you are a commercial enterprise or educational institution, you may install and use the Software on a number of Apple-branded products running Mac OS X (“Mac Computer”) that you own or control equal to the number of licenses purchased.  Installing and using the Software on multiple Mac Computers with a single license is prohibited even if the computers are not running the Software concurrently.

VMware Fusion 4 upgrades are available now for a promotional price of $49.99. New users can take advantage of the same promotional pricing until the end of December 2011.