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About Pat Lee

Pat Lee is the Senior Director, Remote Experience for VMware Desktop and Application products. The Remote Experience team is responsible for 3D graphics, remote display protocols, remote device access, desktop clients, thin clients, web clients, and mobile clients.

New Tap! app roars to life with help from VMware Fusion 4

The fine folks at Tap! The iPhone & iPad magazine in the UK have just released a great new iPad app for delivering Tap! magazine to the UK and rest of the world. The new Tap! app takes advantage of all the power of an iPad application, with embedded product videos and spinnable product photos, and much, much more.

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To build this most excellent app, they are using the standard developer iPad tools from Apple. One of the challenges they faced was that their managed corporate Macs are locked down, which makes it difficult to update to the latest iOS development tools as soon as Apple releases new versions, and both limits flexibility in the development process and slows the process down.

So, they are using VMware Fusion 4 and taking advantage of our great new feature of running OS X Lion in a virtual machine. By creating their iPad development environment in a OS X Lion virtual machine, they have the ability to quickly and easily modify their development environment as needed, while not compromising the stability, security and reliability of the corporate Macs.

They have created a production workflow where they use standard file sharing in the OS X Lion VM to make the iOS simulator folder available on the host Mac so designers to copy in their files for production from InDesign, Photoshop, and whatever other tools they need to create the iPad issue.

Tap in Dev

They can then compile and test the new issue in the iOS simulator and could push it to the App Store right from their iOS development OS X Lion virtual machine.

Tap! in Sim

"VMware Fusion 4 gives us the flexibility we need to build our innovative iPad magazine that is actually itself created in the iPad simulator," says Christopher Phin, Tap!’s Editor. "It makes it easy to create a contained, easily managed and backed up development environment that we can have do everything we need to help make the best magazine app experience possible."

Deputy Art Editor Chris Hedley added: "Any concerns I had about performance and integration were completely laid to rest when I started using the Lion VM alongside my host OS; the VM runs beautifully and the integration is seamless."

If you want to get the most out of the latest apps and gadgets for your iPhone and iPad, we recommend checking out the Tap! magazine app in the App Store, and we are delighted that VMware Fusion 4 helped make it possible.

Check it out now!

End the Pain. Switch to VMware Fusion 3 for only $9.99!

We’re excited to announce that you can upgrade to VMware Fusion 3 for only $9.99 if you’re an existing Parallels Desktop for Mac user or if you use an older version of VMware Fusion.  We’re thrilled to make it easy for people to move to the proven, reliable way to run Windows apps on your Mac that is also the all-around performance leader today.

Why VMware Fusion 3?

VMware Fusion was built by Mac users for Mac users from day one.

VMware Fusion was first on the Mac with these great features:

  • A 64-bit native engine
  • Windows apps that behave like Mac apps and use Mac keyboard shortcuts
  • Aero 3D in Windows Vista and Windows 7 virtual machines
  • Snow Leopard optimizations, with support for Spaces, Exposé, and Dock Exposé
  • Mac-like Preferences dialog with no Apply button needed
  • Apple Help content
  • Support for Intel’s EPT virtualization technology
  • Great 3D app performance

Many of these features are things you might hear people talking about right now, and they may sound like new news to some.  They’re old news to us.

We shipped VMware Fusion 3.0 last October.  VMware Fusion 3 and its later iteration 3.1 — which came out this past May — combined to offer over 80 new features.

Let’s talk about performance:

We’ve seen some recent claims that our performance is lacking, oddly enough substantiated by a marketing company specializing in demand generation, not a traditional source of independent benchmark data.  Our initial tests show different results, and we don’t make these assertions lightly.

Looking at overall performance, VMware Fusion 3.1 and Parallels 6 are quite comparable, with VMware Fusion taking a lead.

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Let’s talk about real world solutions to problems:

While Parallels Desktop 6 may offer anti-virus solutions for both your Mac and PC, these are only 90-day trials.  We have included a full, one-year subscription to McAfee VirusScan since we released VMware Fusion 2.0 in September 2008. We want to make sure your Windows virtual machine, which is by far the greater risk to your data, is protected without you having to worry too much.

The nice folks over at Parallels talk about their many extra features like PC backup and PC partition management. We here on the VMware Fusion Team don't want to bring your PC experience over to the Mac; after all, that's why you left your PC behind. We know that you care about seamlessly running your Windows apps in the most Mac-like way you can, and that’s our focus.

It’s About Fit and Finish:

If you’re a Mac user, you care about fit and finish as well as attention to detail throughout the whole product. So do we.

VMware Fusion is the best, and it’ll only get better.  End the pain and upgrade to VMware Fusion 3 right now!

MacFormat UK: VMware Fusion an essential Mac application

 

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MacFormat recently wrote a great article about the 40 essential apps and add-ons you need for your Mac. Craig Grannell said that these products are “the best ways to improve your Mac, balancing affordability and quality.”

There are some extremely useful products on the MacFormat essentials list that we rely upon every day including Snow Leopard, Dropbox, Adium and many more. We are VERY happy that VMware Fusion was chosen for this remarkable list of software and hardware products that help get the most out of your Mac.

Craig Grannell said “For years, Windows in a window was a nightmarish, sluggish affair. But with the arrival of Intel Macs, virtualisation software has come a long way in a short time. VMware Fusion is our favourite … making it absurdly easy to get a virtual Windows PC running on your Mac. Switchers can run Windows-only apps; web designers can test in IE; no-one has to suffer the horrors of owning a real PC.”

We agree with this statement wholeheartedly and are happy that no one else has to suffer the horrors of owning a real PC thanks to VMware Fusion.

Now that VMware Fusion 3.1 is out, it is easier than ever to switch to the Mac. New Mac users can get even more out of a Mac purchase with VMware Fusion 3.1.  And to deliver the “absurdly easy” experience of bringing your PC to your Mac, VMware includes all of the software you need to make the switch today.

We’re looking forward to playing with some of the other software mentioned in the article.

VMware Fusion 3.1 – Better, Stronger, Faster Than Ever

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We are really excited to tell you that VMware Fusion 3.1 is now available!  Team Fusion has been working hard since the beginning of the year to bring VMware Fusion 3.1 to you. VMware Fusion 3.1 is better, stronger, and faster than ever before and it is a FREE update for all VMware Fusion 3 customers.

The key highlights of VMware Fusion 3.1 are:

Faster Than Ever:  VMware Fusion 3.1 provides 35% better end-to-end application performance compared to VMware Fusion 3.0 according to WorldBench 6. Windows applications launch faster and scrolling and 2D graphics in Windows Vista and 7 is almost 4x faster than VMware Fusion 3.0. Virtual machines suspend and resume faster and virtual machines are more responsive on resume.

Graphics, Graphics, Graphics: The graphics team looked under the hood and delivered up to 5X better 3D graphics performance with VMware Fusion 3.1. Windows Aero is much faster on Windows Vista and Windows 7, and VMware Fusion 3.1 now has hardware accelerated OpenGL 2.1 3D graphics for Windows Vista and Windows 7 guests as well. Finally, thanks to all the graphics improvements, VMware’s latest Windows 7 graphics drivers are now supported for AutoCAD 2011.

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Unity Better Than Ever: Unity is faster than ever from dragging and resizing windows to interacting with Windows apps. VMware Fusion 3.1 adds support for overlapping windows in Exposé and minimizing apps to the Dock. Only VMware Fusion supports Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Dock Exposé for individual Windows applications so Windows apps work even more like Mac apps in Unity.

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Unity in VMware Fusion 3.1 now supports overlapping windows in Exposé

Unity - Dock Expose

Only VMware Fusion supports Snow Leopard’s Dock Exposé so Windows applications work more like Mac applications

USB EasyConnect: Makes it easier than ever to assign a USB device to a virtual machine or your Mac and can even remember your preferred choice.

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Switch to Mac with Ease: VMware Fusion 3.1 is the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way to migrate your entire PC to a Mac.  VMware Fusion 3.1 includes all of the software you need to make the switch – without the 25% added cost of a special one-time use cable. VMware Fusion’s highly optimized PC Migration Assistant is up to 4x faster than other Switch to Mac offerings.

Support for Larger Virtual Machines: With added support for 8-way SMP and an increased virtual hard disk size from 950 GB to 2TB, power users can get even more power and punch out of the latest iMac, Mac Pro and Xserve models from Apple.

More Power - 8 Virtual Cores
More Power - 2 TB Virtual Disks

Support for new guest operating systems: VMware Fusion 3.1 adds support for new versions of RHEL 5.4, SUSE Linux 11 SP1, Ubuntu 8.0.4.4 and Ubuntu 10.04.

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Even more good stuff: There is lots of other good stuff in VMware Fusion 3.1 from Boot Camp virtual machine speed improvements to OVF Tool 2.0. See the VMware Fusion complete new features list for more details!

Updating to VMware Fusion 3.1

VMware Fusion 3.1 is a FREE update for all VMware Fusion 3 customers. VMware Fusion 3 will offer to automatically download VMware Fusion 3.1 the next time you launch, or you can select Check for Updates in the VMware Fusion menu to check for updates immediately.

After the VMware Fusion 3.1 update has been installed, you will need to upgrade VMware Tools in each of your virtual machines to see the improvements with 3D, Unity, Aero, Shared Folders, and much more.

If you need the full VMware Fusion 3.1 installer, it is available here!

Want to Try, Buy, or Upgrade to VMware Fusion 3.1?

If you are interested in trying VMware Fusion 3.1, click here to download a free 30-day trial.

If you are a new customer or want to buy an additional copy of VMware Fusion 3.1, it’s available for $79.99 from the VMware Online Store and VMware Fusion 3 is available authorized resellers worldwide.

If you are a VMware Fusion 1 or 2 customer and want to upgrade to VMware Fusion 3.1, upgrades from VMware Fusion 1 or 2 to VMware Fusion 3.1 are only $39.99 from the VMware Online Store.

Enjoy VMware Fusion 3.1 Today!!!

We hope you enjoy using VMware Fusion 3.1 as much as we did making it. We will share more details here on the Team Fusion blog over the next few weeks.

Check for Updates: VMware Fusion 3.0.1 now available…

Update to 3.0.1

I am pleased to announce that VMware Fusion 3.0.1 is now available.

The team has been working hard since we released VMware Fusion 3 at the end of October to add some a few new features, improve performance, and fix over 50 bugs.

For long time VMware Fusion users, VMware Fusion 3.0.1 is the first opportunity to take advantage of the new automatic updates feature in VMware Fusion 3, which we hope you enjoy!

 

Some highlights on new features include:

  • Improved 3D & Video Performance: Improved WDDM driver and 3D backend improvements speed up 3D applications from 20-80% on Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Video playback with Windows Media Player on Windows Vista and Windows 7 is greatly improved as well. See the updated Windows Experience score for my MacBook Pro below:

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  • Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala): Full support for Ubuntu 9.10 32-bit & 64-bit editions. Just like other Linux virtual machines, we support copy and paste, drag and drop and even Unity!Karmic Koala
  • Even More 64-bit Support: Networking subsystem is now 64-bit native to match 64-bit core engine released initially with VMware Fusion 3 (vmware-vmx). Even More 64-bit
  • Easier Move to VMware Fusion: Import standalone VHD virtual disks and Parallels Desktop 5 virtual machines into VMware virtual machines.
  • Improved Resume Times: For those users who suspend their virtual machines, we reduced the time required to resume your virtual machines.

In addition to the new and improved features, VMware Fusion 3.0.1 fixes over 50 bugs. Some highlights include:

  • Performance Update: Some users encountered slow downs with VMware Fusion 3.0. Thanks to your help, we were able to track down the performance issues to three key areas that we have addressed in 3.0.1 or where we have a recommended workaround:
    • Older versions of VMware Tools caused a slowdown and VMware Tools included with VMware Fusion 2.0.5 could not be easily upgraded. The tools upgrade issue has been resolved with VMware Fusion 3.0.1 to make it easier to upgrade to VMware Fusion 3.0.1 tools, which resolves the problem.
    • Leaving the Virtual Machine Library open in the background on some machines caused excessive Spotlight searches looking for virtual machines. This has been addressed in VMware Fusion 3.0.1. If you encountered this issue, install VMware Fusion 3.0.1, launch it and then quit it. The next time you launch VMware Fusion 3.0.1, the problem is fixed.
    • AVG Free 9 takes lots of CPU and makes the virtual machine sluggish. This is a AVG Free 9 problem that has been reported to them for investigation. We recommend new customers use the included 12-month subscription of McAfee VirusScan Plus or look at other free antivirus solutions such as Microsoft Security Essentials or Panda Cloud Antivirus that do not exhibit this problem.
  • Shared/Mirrored Folders Improvements: Incompatibilities with Zone Alarms AV & Outlook 2007 Preview mode resolved.

Click here for a detailed list of bug fixes in VMware Fusion 3.0.1.

Updating to VMware Fusion 3.0.1
VMware Fusion 3.0 will offer to automatically download your update to VMware Fusion 3.0.1 the next time you launch or you can select Check for Updates in the VMware Fusion menu to check for updates immediately. Click on Download and Install and VMware Fusion will download and install VMware Fusion 3.0.1.

After the VMware Fusion 3.0.1 update has been installed, you will need to upgrade VMware Tools in each of your virtual machines to the latest version shipping with VMware Fusion 3.0.1 to see the improvements with Unity, Aero, Shared Folders, and much more.

See below on updating the VMware Tools in your Windows virtual machines:

  1. Start up your existing VMware Fusion virtual machine.
  2. Select "Install VMware Tools" or "Update VMware Tools" in the Virtual Machine menu.
  3. VMware Fusion will display a confirmation dialog with instructions. Click Install.
  4. Windows should display an “Autorun” dialog.  Click Run Setup.exe (published by VMware, Inc.) to start the VMware Tools installer.
  5. If you do not see VMware Tools begin installing, open the CD-ROM device in Windows Explorer, open VMware Tools and double-click "setup.exe".
  6. Click Next and follow the prompts to install VMware Tools. Once installation is complete, you will be asked to reboot your virtual machine.

If you don’t wish to use automatic updates or need to get a new installer for deployment, click here to separately download VMware Fusion 3.0.1.

Thanks for your continued support and we hope that you enjoy VMware Fusion 3.0.1!

Macworld: First Look at VMware Fusion 3

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Rob Griffiths at Macworld recently posted a first look at VMware Fusion 3. It covers a great many of the new and exciting features in VMware Fusion 3 and is a great overall introduction to the new release.

One of the great things Rob covers are the overall improvements in 3D graphics in VMware Fusion, especially for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users. He was able to play Flight Simulator X in a virtual machine on the Mac for the first time with VMware Fusion 3 and Windows 7 and this was on a 2008 iMac with ATI Radeon 2600 while running a full screen screen capture of the game with ScreenFlow at the same time. Check out the video below:

 

The First Look  of VMware Fusion 3 also covers some of the great details on why Unity is much better in VMware Fusion 3, other user interface improvements, and a lot of the other small touches that make VMware Fusion 3 better than ever.

Here are Rob’s closing thoughts on his First Look at VMware Fusion

 

Overall, I’ve been impressed with VMware Fusion 3’s performance during my time with it. Creating new virtual machines was simple, performance was good even on a mid-range iMac, and the ability to use Aero effects and run 3D games in the virtual machine was impressive. The new Virtual Machine Library screen eases the management of multiple virtual machines, and the built-in update tool will make it easy to keep up to date with future releases.

I highly recommend getting over to Macworld and checking out their First Look on VMware Fusion 3 for more details.

Improved VMware Fusion Upgrade Portal Now Open For Business

Yesterday, I let you know that that we had hit some snags in getting VMware Fusion 3 into your hands.

I want to apologize again for the poor experience many of you had trying to purchase VMware Fusion 3 or a VMware Fusion 3 upgrade yesterday. Bottom line, we saw even more demand than anticipated and the VMware upgrade portal had problems keeping up with the demand!

The VMware team has been working around the clock to troubleshoot and address the issues you encountered yesterday. We made a number of key changes to resolve the problems around purchasing and upgrading to VMware Fusion 3 and the upgrade portal has been improved to resolve the key issues.

Improved Upgrade Portal Open for Business

VMware Fusion 3 Upgrades and VMware Fusion 3 Academic Upgrades Available for Purchase

Upgrades from previous versions of VMware Fusion to VMware Fusion 3 cost only $39.99 and they are available today from the VMware Online Store.  

For qualified students and teachers, VMware Fusion 3 Academic Upgrades are priced at $19.99 and they are available from the VMware Academic Store.

Addressing Questions and Fixing The Remaining Issues

I bought VMware Fusion 2 from the VMware Online Store and was promised a free upgrade…

I sincerely apologize for the delay in getting you your free upgrades in time for the launch. We planned to deliver your free upgrades yesterday, but we encountered some problems that delayed this temporarily. We are resolving the issues and it is currently our plan to send out e-mail notifications with free upgrade fulfillment information by the end of the week. 
  
In the meantime, please download the VMware Fusion 3 trial to get up and running today. Once you receive your VMware Fusion 3 free upgrade fulfillment e-mail, you will just need to retrieve your final VMware Fusion 3 license and enter it into your already installed VMware Fusion 3 software.

What if I bought VMware Fusion 2 at a retailer or other online store in October, how do I get my free downloadable upgrade?

If you bought VMware Fusion 2 from a retail or other online store, you need to go to the VMware Fusion Technology Guarantee website, fill out the online form, and mail in or fax your proof of purchase of VMware Fusion 2. Free downloadable VMware Fusion 3 upgrades will take up two weeks to deliver after receiving a valid proof of purchase.

In the meantime, please download the VMware Fusion 3 trial to get up and running today. Once you receive your VMware Fusion 3 free upgrade fulfillment e-mail, you will just need to retrieve your final VMware Fusion 3 license and enter it into your already installed VMware Fusion 3 software.

I purchased an upgrade but did not receive an e-mail with my VMware Fusion 3 serial number…

Go to the VMware License Portal to retrieve your VMware Fusion 3 serial number.

  1. Log into the VMware License Portal with your VMware account to retrieve your VMware Fusion 3 serial number/activation key.
  2. If you are already running a trial of VMware Fusion 3, you can enter your activation key/serial number by choosing “License” from the “VMware Fusion” menu in VMware Fusion 3.
  3. Otherwise, Download VMware Fusion 3. Install VMware Fusion 3 and enter your new license key during installation and you’re all set.

I purchased an upgrade but my e-mail didn’t include a VMware Fusion 3 serial number…

We have fixed this issue for most customers that hit this problem and you can go to the VMware License Portal to retrieve your VMware Fusion 3 serial number.

  1. Log into the VMware License Portal with your VMware account to retrieve your VMware Fusion 3 serial number/activation key.
  2. If you are already running a trial of VMware Fusion 3, you can enter your activation key/serial number by choosing “License” from the “VMware Fusion” menu in VMware Fusion 3.
  3. Otherwise, Download VMware Fusion 3. Install VMware Fusion 3 and enter your new license key during installation and you’re all set.

We have about 100 more customers left with this problem and we expect to finish those fixes by mid day tomorrow. If you are one of these customers, you should be able to retrieve your VMware Fusion 3 upgrade license from the VMware License Portal tomorrow afternoon.

What if I bought VMware Fusion 2 with the 12-month Subscription option?

If you have an active subscription only contract (purchased 12 months ago or less), you receive a free downloadable VMware Fusion 3 upgrade. Your VMware accounts have been updated with your new VMware Fusion 3 license and e-mail notifications are being sent out this evening.

You can retrieve your VMware Fusion 3 licenses from the VMware License Portal.

  1. Log into the VMware License Portal with your VMware account to retrieve your VMware Fusion 3 serial number/activation key.
  2. If you are already running a trial of VMware Fusion 3, you can enter your activation key/serial number by choosing “License” from the “VMware Fusion” menu in VMware Fusion 3. 
  3. Otherwise, Download VMware Fusion 3. Install VMware Fusion 3 and enter your new license key during installation and you’re all set.

My business bought VMware Fusion 2 with the Site Support, when do I get the upgrade?

If you have an active Site Support contract (purchased 12 months ago or less), you receive a free downloadable VMware Fusion 3 upgrade for your covered licenses. Your VMware account has been updated with your new VMware Fusion 3 licenses and e-mail notifications are being sent out this evening to retrieve your VMware Fusion 3 licenses.

You can retrieve your VMware Fusion 3 licenses from the VMware License Portal.

  1. Log into the VMware License Portal with your VMware account to retrieve your VMware Fusion 3 serial number/activation key.
  2. If you are already running a trial of VMware Fusion 3, you can enter your activation key/serial number by choosing “License” from the “VMware Fusion” menu in VMware Fusion 3. 
  3. Otherwise, Download VMware Fusion 3. Install VMware Fusion 3 and enter your new license key during installation and you’re all set.

Thanks again for your patience and ongoing support

We worked hard to resolve the problems so you can get VMware Fusion 3 now. We are sorry for any issues you may have encountered.

We hope you enjoy VMware Fusion 3 as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Pat Lee

Director, Personal Desktop Products

VMware

Addressing the Overwhelming Demand for VMware Fusion 3 – Free 30 Day Trial Available

IMPORTANT NOTE: These issues mentioned in this blog post have already been resolved and they were addressed on Wednesday October 28th. See Improved VMware Fusion Portal Now Open for Business for more details.

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First off, I want to thank our users for the flood of excitement for VMware Fusion 3.  Because we’ve seen even more demand than anticipated, the VMware Fusion upgrade portal is having problems keeping up with the demand! 

While we have already transacted thousands of upgrades today and many people are able to get the product, I apologize immensely to those of you who are anxious to get the product immediately and are running into issues.

I want to reassure you that we are working on this urgently and expect to be back in action soon.

In the mean time, I want to get you up and running with VMware Fusion 3 while we resolve the issues many of you are encountering.

  1. Click here to download the VMware Fusion 3 software
  2. Use the following 30 trial license key to get you up and running: JN28P-7UJ8M-H8K33-0202P-9EPH4

I hope this helps you get up and running while we get our VMware Fusion upgrade portal back in order.

If you have questions about your upgrade, subscription, or technology guarantee, please see our original post, here.

Stay tuned to the Team Fusion blog and Twitter feed for the latest updates.

Thanks for your patience and ongoing support.

Pat Lee

Director, Personal Desktop Products

VMware

Come and Get It – VMware Fusion 3 “The Best Way to Run Windows on the Mac”

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We are pleased to announce that VMware Fusion 3, the best way to run Windows on the Mac, is now available.

VMware Fusion 3 makes it easier and faster than ever to run Mac and Windows applications side-by-side without rebooting. VMware Fusion 3 is available in a single, all-inclusive edition that includes everything you need to switch to the Mac for just $79.99.

Buy VMware Fusion 3 NOW!

VMware Fusion 3 is now available at the VMware Online Store, the Apple Online Store® (apple.com), Apple Retail Stores, Amazon.com, and other select US resellers starting today.

I want to upgrade to VMware Fusion 3 NOW…

Upgrades from previous versions of VMware Fusion to VMware Fusion 3 cost only $39.99 and are available exclusively from the VMware Online Store, so you can download and start using VMware Fusion 3 immediately!

When will VMware Fusion 3 be available at online resellers and retail stores in Europe or Asia?

VMware Fusion 3 will be available at authorized retail and online stores in Europe and Asia starting Tuesday, November 4th.

Is there special academic/student pricing for VMware Fusion 3?

For qualified students and teachers, VMware has academic pricing that is available from the VMware Academic Store, so you can download and start using VMware Fusion 3 immediately at an even lower cost!

What if I bought VMware Fusion 2 recently?

Customers who purchase VMware Fusion 2 from October 1, 2009 through end of November qualify for a free downloadable upgrade to VMware Fusion 3.

  • If you bought VMware Fusion 2 from the VMware Online Store from October 1st through October 26th, there is nothing for you to do and you will receive a free downloadable VMware Fusion 3 upgrade by e-mail in the next week.
  • If you bought VMware Fusion 2 from a retail or other online store, you need to go to the VMware Fusion Technology Guarantee website, fill out the online form, and mail in or fax your proof of purchase of VMware Fusion 2. Free downloadable VMware Fusion 3 upgrades will take up two weeks to deliver after receiving a valid proof of purchase.

What if I bought VMware Fusion 2 with the 12-month Subscription option?

If you have an active subscription only contract (purchased 12 months ago or less), you will receive a free downloadable VMware Fusion 3 upgrade by e-mail in the next week.

My business bought VMware Fusion 2 with the Site Support?

If you have an active Site Support contract (purchased 12 months ago or less), you will receive a free downloadable VMware Fusion 3 upgrade for your covered licenses by e-mail in the next week.

What’s new in VMware Fusion 3?

VMware Fusion 3 has over 50 new features and enhancements including:

  • Easiest, Fastest Way To Switch To The Mac. With the new built-in Migration Assistant for Windows, VMware Fusion 3 makes it easy for users to bring their entire PC to their Mac in a few easy steps – wirelessly or with a simple Ethernet or FireWire cable – allowing customers to protect investments in existing Windows software, and to keep using the programs they still need ! More important, VMware Fusion 3 is more than two times faster than other “Switch to Mac” solutions without the 20% price premium of dedicated “Switch to Mac” solutions.

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Leverage Apple’s Bonjour for the most Mac like way to migrate your PC to the Mac

  • Ultimate Windows 7 Experience. VMware Fusion 3 is the FIRST virtualization product for the Mac to provide the full Windows 7 experience, side-by-side with your Mac, complete with Windows Aero and Flip 3D. Run 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 — it is your choice.

3) Aero with Flip 3D Effect 

Only VMware Fusion 3 Supports Windows Aero with Flip 3D

  • Optimized for Snow Leopard. VMware Fusion 3 leverages Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s advanced architecture with a new 64-bit core engine and native support for the 64-bit kernel to deliver an even better Windows on Mac experience.

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CPU usage running Windows Live Writer on Windows 7 x64 while writing this blog post

  • Best-in-Class 3D Graphics. VMware was the first to provide virtual 3D graphics and is the first to support Windows Aero in a virtual machine on the Mac. VMware Fusion 3 is also first to support DirectX 9 Shader Model 3.0 3D graphics and now adds support for OpenGL 2.1 for Windows virtual machines to enable more Windows applications and games.

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Playing Left 4 Dead in a Windows 7 VM!

  • Run Windows Apps, The Mac Way. VMware Fusion has been designed from the beginning to make it easy to run Windows apps like Mac apps. VMware Fusion 3 makes it even better with the “Always On” Applications Menu that banishes the Windows Start menu from your Mac and let’s you find and launch Windows apps like Mac apps, even when VMware Fusion is not running. Cycle through open Windows apps with “ command ` ”, quit individual Windows applications with “command q”, and use Dock Exposé with Windows apps.

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Kick the Windows Start Menu to the curb with the new “Always On” Application Menu  

  • Maximum Performance. Finely Tuned. Building on the proven reliability and performance of VMware Fusion 2, the new 64-bit native core engine and 4-way multi-core SMP make VMware Fusion 3 perform even better especially on the Nehalem-based Mac Pro and the new iMacs, especially on the new iMac and Mac Pros. In addition, many smaller refinements increase overall performance from better disk and graphics performance on Snow Leopard, improved 2D interactive performance, faster scrolling in Windows applications, faster to enter Unity view, improved application launch times, up to 2X faster resume time for a suspended virtual machine, and much more. VMware Fusion 3 is finely tuned to make Windows run even better than before on the Mac.

We hope you enjoy VMware Fusion 3!

Team Fusion has been working long hours for almost a year to bring you VMware Fusion 3 and we hope you enjoy it!

VMware Fusion 3 "The Best Way to Run Windows on the Mac" NOW AVAILABLE!!!

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We are pleased to announce that VMware Fusion 3, the best way to run Windows on the Mac, is now available.


VMware Fusion 3 makes it easier and faster than ever to run Mac and Windows applications side-by-side without rebooting. VMware Fusion 3 is available in a single, all-inclusive edition that includes everything you need to switch to the Mac for just $79.99.


Buy VMware Fusion 3 NOW!


VMware Fusion 3 is now available at the VMware Online Store, the Apple Online Store® (apple.com), Apple Retail Stores, Amazon.com, and other select US resellers starting today.


I want to upgrade to VMware Fusion 3 NOW…


Upgrades from previous versions of VMware Fusion to VMware Fusion 3 cost only $39.99 and are available exclusively from the VMware Online Store, so you can download and start using VMware Fusion 3 immediately!


When will VMware Fusion 3 be available at online resellers and retail stores in Europe or Asia?


VMware Fusion 3 will be available at authorized retail and online stores in Europe and Asia starting Tuesday, November 4th.




Is there special academic/student pricing for VMware Fusion 3?


For qualified students and teachers, VMware has academic pricing that is available from the VMware Academic Store, so you can download and start using VMware Fusion 3 immediately at an even lower cost!


What if I bought VMware Fusion 2 recently?


Customers who purchase VMware Fusion 2 from October 1, 2009 through end of November qualify for a free downloadable upgrade to VMware Fusion 3.

  • If you bought VMware Fusion 2 from the VMware Online Store from October 1st through October 26th, there is nothing for you to do and you will receive a free downloadable VMware Fusion 3 upgrade by e-mail in the next week.
  • If you bought VMware Fusion 2 from a retail or other online store, you need to go to the VMware Fusion Technology Guarantee website, fill out the online form, and mail in or fax your proof of purchase of VMware Fusion 2. Free downloadable VMware Fusion 3 upgrades will take up two weeks to deliver after receiving a valid proof of purchase.

What’s new in VMware Fusion 3?


VMware Fusion 3 has over 50 new features and enhancements including:


  • Easiest, Fastest Way To Switch To The Mac. With the new built-in Migration Assistant for Windows, VMware Fusion 3 makes it easy for users to bring their entire PC to their Mac in a few easy steps – wirelessly or with a simple Ethernet or FireWire cable – allowing customers to protect investments in existing Windows software, and to keep using the programs they still need ! More important, VMware Fusion 3 is more than two times faster than other “Switch to Mac” solutions without the 20% price premium of dedicated “Switch to Mac” solutions.

 Migration Assistant on Mac Security Code PC MigrationAgent Security Code


Leverage Apple’s Bonjour for the most Mac like way to migrate your PC to the Mac

  • Ultimate Windows 7 Experience. VMware Fusion 3 is the FIRST virtualization product for the Mac to provide the full Windows 7 experience, side-by-side with your Mac, complete with Windows Aero and Flip 3D. Run 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 — it is your choice.

3) Aero with Flip 3D Effect


Only VMware Fusion 3 Supports Windows Aero with Flip 3D

  • Optimized for Snow Leopard. VMware Fusion 3 leverages Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s advanced architecture with a new 64-bit core engine and native support for the 64-bit kernel to deliver an even better Windows on Mac experience.

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CPU usage running Windows Live Writer on Windows 7 x64 while writing this blog post

  • Best-in-Class 3D Graphics. VMware was the first to provide virtual 3D graphics and is the first to support Windows Aero in a virtual machine on the Mac. VMware Fusion 3 is also first to support DirectX 9 Shader Model 3.0 3D graphics and now adds support for OpenGL 2.1 for Windows virtual machines to enable more Windows applications and games.

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Playing Left 4 Dead in a Windows 7 VM!

  • Run Windows Apps, The Mac Way. VMware Fusion has been designed from the beginning to make it easy to run Windows apps like Mac apps. VMware Fusion 3 makes it even better with the “Always On” Applications Menu that banishes the Windows Start menu from your Mac and let’s you find and launch Windows apps like Mac apps, even when VMware Fusion is not running. Cycle through open Windows apps with “ command ` ”, quit individual Windows applications with “command q”, and use Dock Exposé with Windows apps.

Unity 3 - Windows and Mac Together


Kick the Windows Start Menu to the curb with the new “Always On” Application Menu  

  • Maximum Performance. Finely Tuned. Building on the proven reliability and performance of VMware Fusion 2, the new 64-bit native core engine and 4-way multi-core SMP make VMware Fusion 3 perform even better especially on the Nehalem-based Mac Pro and the new iMacs, especially on the new iMac and Mac Pros. In addition, many smaller refinements increase overall performance from better disk and graphics performance on Snow Leopard, improved 2D interactive performance, faster scrolling in Windows applications, faster to enter Unity view, improved application launch times, up to 2X faster resume time for a suspended virtual machine, and much more. VMware Fusion 3 is finely tuned to make Windows run even better than before on the Mac.

We hope you enjoy VMware Fusion 3!


Team Fusion has been working long hours for almost a year to bring you VMware Fusion 3 and we hope you enjoy it!