Author Archives: Nannette Vilushis

About Nannette Vilushis

Nannette is Senior Product Marketing Manager for VMware Fusion. Her background includes product marketing roles at IBM and Sage Software.

Graphics Performance Issues when Running OS X Yosemite in a VM

VMware Fusion users running OS X Yosemite in a Fusion virtual machine have reported graphics performance issues, especially in comparison to running previous OS X versions in a Fusion VM.

Yosemite VM on YosemiteThe Fusion engineering team identified the root cause as an issue with beam synchronization, which Apple introduced in 2007 to improve screen redraw and window management in OS X.

We’re working hard to deliver a fix. Until the fix is released, here’s a customer-suggested workaround  to temporarily disable beam synchronization. Making this configuration change will significantly improve graphics performance when running OS X Yosemite in a Fusion VM.

Thanks to @rtrouton for his blog post on the subject, and many thanks to VMware Fusion users for your support and patience while we work on this fix.

Best wishes for 2015!

–The VMware Fusion Team

 

VMware Fusion 7 Wins Editor’s Choice Award!

Although Christmas doesn’t arrive for another two weeks, the VMware Fusion team received an early holiday delight from PCMag.com – an Editors’ Choice award for VMware Fusion 7!

PCMagEditorsChoiceVMware Fusion has always had a loyal following and the product team has put a lot of effort into making it one of the leading solutions available to serve its customers. We have always believed that the solution uniquely offers an experience that is different than the competition and it is gratifying to see that sentiment echoed by an objective third party review.

VMW-BXSHT-FSN7-WEBPCMag.com praised Fusion’s “rock solid stability” and said, “VMware Fusion is like a well-equipped armored vehicle: it goes anywhere (and) it’s unstoppable…” They also liked the vast array of operating systems Fusion supports and the fact that Fusion creates no visual clutter in OS X.

We can’t think of a better way to sum up the strengths of Fusion 7 than the reviewer’s final words,“…Fusion is the Mac app I prefer when I need to get some more-complicated work done in a Windows app under OS X.”

Many thanks to PCMag.com for taking the time to conduct an in-depth review, and thanks always to VMware Fusion users for your support.

 

VMware Fusion 7.1.0 Update

On December 1st we released VMware Fusion 7.1.0, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro.

To download VMware Fusion 7.1.0, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates.

For more details on Fusion 7.1.0, read the Release Notes.

Thanks to the Fusion customers reporting VMware Fusion 7 issues to Fusion Support and discussing them with the VMware Fusion Community.

-The VMware Fusion Team

VMware Black Friday Sale – Our Biggest Sale of the Year

Three Great Solutions for New Mac Users

We’re delighted to see the growth in Mac users resulting from Apple’s record sales of 5.5M Macs in their fiscal fourth quarter. That’s a 20%-plus increase over their last record-breaking quarter in 2011, when Apple sold 4.9M Macs. These sales numbers have moved Mac market share to its highest point since 1995.

For new (and existing) Mac users, VMware offers three great solutions that allow them use the Macs they love to run the Windows applications they can’t live without.

  • VMware Fusion 7: for Mac users that want to continue to run essential Windows applications, Fusion 7 is the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. Fusion 7 is optimized for the newest Macs and is ready for OS X Yosemite and Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview.
  • VMware Fusion 7 Pro: for advanced users, developers, and QA engineers that want to use Macs, Fusion 7 Pro offers crucial features to enable them to create powerful virtual machines that run on Macs. Fusion 7 Pro provides unsurpassed platform compatibility, including the latest Microsoft operating systems and most recent Linux distributions. Fusion 7 Pro also allows IT admins to create Windows desktops for employees that want Macs but need to use business-critical Windows applications.
  • VMware Horizon FLEX: for IT groups that need to accommodate Mac users, BYO users, contractors, and road warriors, Horizon FLEX provides a flexible solution for centrally creating, securing, deploying, and managing local Windows desktops.

 

Try the Windows 10 Technical Preview with VMware Fusion

On September 30th, Microsoft announced the next version of its operating system, Windows 10. On October 1st Microsoft made the Windows 10 Technical Preview available for download.

Since Windows 10 is a preview, Microsoft recommends that you avoid installing it on your primary system. Because VMware Fusion 7 provides an isolated environment, it’s an excellent choice to run the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Mac.

To run Windows 10 Technical Preview in Fusion 7, follow these steps:

First, sign up for the Technical Preview program and download the ISO from http://preview.windows.com.

Launch VMware Fusion 7 or Fusion 7 Pro. From the File menu, select New to open the installation assistant.

Select Install from disk or image and click Continue. In the Create a New Virtual Machine Window, Click Use another disc or disc image…

In the Choose a disc or disc image window, select Downloads, then select the Microsoft ISO file and click Open.

The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now visible in the Create a New Virtual Machine window. Click Continue.

In the Choose Operating System window, select Windows 8 x64. Click Continue.