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Using Cortana with VMware Fusion 8

So you may have heard the news that Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro support Windows 10 and the cool new Cortana feature, but you might be wondering ‘how does it work and how can I use it?’

Well the answer is pretty simple, and I’ll walk through how to turn it on so that she’s always listening, and can open up a browser and do other cool things in Windows for you just by asking for it.

Firstly, in your Windows 10 VM, you’ll need to get to the Cortana settings. I prefer to do this by just typing ‘cortana’ in, well, Cortana…

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The nice thing about Windows 10 is the search tool works great!

Just click ‘Cortana & Search settings’  and turn on the ‘Hey Cortana’ feature.

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The first time you turn it on you’ll have to teach it your voice by reading it a sentence or two.  I only got a few words in before she had enough to remember my [apparently distinctive] voice.

Once that’s enabled you can at any point that your virtual machine is running simply say ‘hey cortana, do XYZ’ and if she knows how to do that she will.

We first tested it out just using the Edge browser by saying ‘Hey Cortana, open Edge’ and sure enough it heard it and launched the browser.

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The other fun thing is doing that in Unity mode.  Pretty handy to keep working away on the Mac and be able to just ask her to do something while you’re thinking of it.Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 11.39.01 PM

I prefer to hide my dock when I’m using Unity, and I turn on the ‘Show Taskbar in Unity’ feature so I can access the old new Start menu.

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Why thank you, Cortana!

 

Microsoft has a handy guide on what you can do with Cortana here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/getstarted-what-is-cortana

Good times using Cortana and the new Edge browser on Windows 10 running in VMware Fusion 8 on your Mac =)

 

If you haven’t heard the news, Fusion 8 is now available worldwide! You can get it now right here!

 

 

 

VMware Fusion 8 & Fusion 8 Pro Now Available Worldwide

Today we are pleased to announce the worldwide availability of the VMware Fusion 8 and VMware Fusion 8 Pro.

These releases mark a milestone achievement for our team within VMware, with fantastic new features and improvements in several areas including:

Windows 10
– Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro provide full support for Windows 10.  Use all the exciting new features like the Microsoft Edge browser, or Cortana the always-on digital assistant.  Cortana even works when Fusion is in the background
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Ready for OS X El Capitan
– Test the latest OS X release in a virtual machine to see what’s coming around the corner, or jump in with both feet and install OS X El Capitan on your Mac with the confidence that VMware Fusion 8 will still deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience.
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All New Enhanced Graphics Engine with DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3

Everyday applications are smoother and more fluid, with new DirectX 10 only applications now supported.

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65% OpenGL Performance improvement and 15% DirectX 9 Performance improvement
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Built for the latest Macs including the iMac Retina 5K

Drive 14 million pixels with VMware Fusion 8 on the most powerful and beautiful iMac to date.

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Building upon this great release, Fusion 8 Pro additionally delivers:

Native vCloud Air integration

Use vCloud Air, the public cloud service by VMware, to upload workloads to the cloud for public consumption.  Build an app or web server locally and push it to the cloud with a simple drag and drop.  Use it to connect with remote virtual machines running in vCloud Air, or even upload an existing virtual machine from Fusion for backup to the cloud.
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$600 in free vCloud Air service credit

To help users get started, we’re happy to provide more then enough service credit to get users exploring what they can do with a compatible cloud.
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Improved vSphere integration 

With deeper integration into VMware vSphere, Fusion 8 Pro now provides more detail than every before, and can even create remote virtual machines on ESXi or vCenter Server instances.

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VMware Fusion 8 and VMware Fusion 8 Pro are available immediately for download and purchase from vmware.com for $79.99 and $199.99 respectively. VMware Fusion 8 Pro is also available from VMware partners and distributors.

Customers who have purchased VMware Fusion 7 or VMware Fusion 7 Pro between July 29, 2015 and August 25, 2015 are eligible for an electronic upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 or VMware Fusion 8 Pro at no additional cost.  Qualifying customers will automatically receive an email advising how to upgrade their license keys.

VMware Fusion 6 and 7 customers can upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 for only $49.99 and to VMware Fusion 8 Pro for $119.99 at the VMware online store.

Parallels Desktop customers can upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 or VMware Fusion 8 Pro and save 40%! Learn more here.

Download a free trial at the VMware Fusion trial page.