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Mark Gibbs names VMware Fusion in “My Top 10 Tools” List

3) Aero with Flip 3D Effect We’re excited to announce that Mark Gibbs of Network World and PC World named VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation in his list of most crucial apps he can’t live without.

Gibbs writes about how both VMware applications make “it possible to run, in parallel, pretty much any x86-based operating system in a virtual machine on top of the host operating system.”

He uses both VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation to run Ubuntu, Windows 7, and Windows XP. Above all, Gibbs loves playing “LucasArts PodRacer on top of OS X on [his] new 27-inch iMac with an i7 processor.”

Let us know why you love VMware Fusion!

Your Mac Craves Caffeine

Have you ever been presenting in a room full of people and suddenly your presentation disappeared because your computer went to sleep?  Before we started using Caffeine, this happened to us all the time.

Caffeine is this nifty little application from Lighthead Software that keeps your computer screen from going to sleep.

The application puts a little cup of coffee in your Menu Bar. When you want to keep your screen from going to sleep, just click on the cup of coffee and you fill it up.

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You can set caffeine to keep your screen on indefinitely, or choose to have it turn off automatically after a certain amount of time (in case you tend to forget to turn it off).

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We use Caffeine all the time, but here’s a few specific cases:

  1. When using a projector, so you don’t have to keep waking up your laptop.
  2. At demos, so you don’t need to worry about a black screen.
  3. When watching videos.
  4. When showing a slide show.

Share other ways you use Caffeine with the rest of the VMware Fusion community in the comments below.

This is part of an ongoing series of great Mac applications Team Fusion loves! If you have any suggestions for future, please let us know in the comments.

How Do You Use VMware Fusion?

The team here is always excited to hear new and interesting ways that VMware Fusion helps users.  Some of the most surprising cases have things like embroidery applications or remotely editing a video game.

This is why we make it as easy as possible to reach us through our blog, twitter account, or facebook page.  We really do love to hear from you.

So today we’re reaching out with the following question: “How Do You Use VMware Fusion?” We’re hoping to hear about ways the VMware Fusion community uses the product to simplify their lives, stay entertained, or to be even more productive at work. This will both help us improve our product to help serve you, and allow us to share these cool uses for VMware Fusion with the rest of the VMware community.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the form below so that we can learn more about how you use VMware Fusion and hopefully share it with the world. Feel free to submit a story, picture, video, or whatever you might want to help tell us your story.

We look forward to your thoughts,
Team Fusion

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Vote for VMware Fusion at the 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards!

Readers' Choice Awards 2011 - It's Time to Vote!
We’re excited to announce that VMware Fusion has been selected as a finalist in About.com’s 2011 Readers Choice Awards!

We would appreciate your support in winning the “Best Mac Application for Running Windows” category, so please help us by voting for VMware Fusion.

Voting ends March 8th, but please vote today (so you don’t forget)!

Update: ALL customers can get 20% off VMware Fusion through Friday March 4th, 2011 by using code VOTE4FUSION at checkout!

Accessing Your Virtual Machine or Mac From Your iPad

We love sharing cool things you can do with VMware Fusion to all our users.  Today it’s time to learn how to access your Windows VM or your entire Mac straight from your iPad. 

TeamViewer makes it easy to connect to your Mac or PC from your iPad or iPhone and even better, it is free.  In fact, it’s so easy, you can do this in four easy steps!

1) Go to the TeamViewer website and download either the Mac or the PC application.  We recommend the Mac version so you can access both your Mac and your virtual machines.

2) After installing the TeamViewer software, you’ll receive a unique ID and a temporary password.  We recommend setting a custom password in the preferences to make it easy to connect remotely. 


3) Download the iPad client from the iOS App Store (there is also an iPhone app available). 

4) Enter your ID and password and click “Connect to partner.” 


You’re now connected to both your virtual machine and your Mac from your iPad! 


It’s easy to access your Mac from the go with the iPad (or iPhone) app from TeamViewer. 

We’ve found it particularly useful for checking out restaurant menus on websites that are built in Adobe Flash.  If you prefer to only have access to your Windows virtual machine, simply install the Windows Team Viewer in the virtual machine instead of the Mac software for your entire Mac.

Also, TeamViewer makes it really easy to help setup new software (such as VMware Fusion) on a friend or family member’s computer from anywhere in the world. 

We hope you find TeamViewer as fun and useful as we have.

This is part of an ongoing series of great Mac applications Team Fusion loves! If you have any suggestions for future, please let us know in the comments.

Get VMware Fusion 3 for only $37.99!


Limited Time Offer!
The VMware Fusion team is excited to announce that starting immediately, VMware Fusion 3 will be available for the lowest price in VMware Fusion’s history: $37.99!  That's over 50% off, so don’t wait, buy it now!  This offer is valid from Wednesday, December 22 through Friday January 7, 2010 at 5:00PM PST.

And for existing VMware Fusion users, or users of Parallels Desktop for Mac, don’t miss out on the incredible promotion we launched earlier this year: Upgrade to VMware Fusion 3 for only $9.99!  With this offer, we really wanted to make it easy for existing VMware and Parallels customers to get access to over 80 new features in VMware Fusion 3.

Buy VMware Fusion 3 for $37.99 after 15% off and $30 Online Rebate: vmware.com/go/buyfusion
Upgrade to VMware Fusion 3 for $9.99 (through the end of 2010): vmware.com/go/unparalleled

For Windows and Linux users
VMware Workstation for Windows and Linux transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demo, and deploy software. VMware Workstation is an integral component of any serious technical professional’s toolkit.  Get 25% off VMware Workstation during our holiday sale — expires Friday, January 7, 2010.

Hope these offers add some cheer to your holiday season!

Get 30% off VMware Fusion 3 Through Friday!

You may have seen that we launched an
attractive upgrade offer for all current Parallels Desktop for Mac users and users of previous versions of VMware Fusion.

We wanted to make sure you all knew that we didn’t forget about those who have never used VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop for Mac.  Everyone can take 30% off VMware Fusion 3 through THIS Friday, September 17, 2010.

If you’re new to running Windows on your Mac, you might have some basic questions about how to get yourself running.  VMware Fusion is so easy that after installing the application, all you need to do is click a few buttons and stick a CD in your computer.  But, if you’re still worried because you’re one of those people who are less computer savvy, we’ve got you covered with 1-year of FREE email support (not that you’ll need it) to help with your transition. 

Through Friday, you can get VMware Fusion 3 for only $55.99!  Keep in mind this is a limited time offer so get it before it’s too late!