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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!

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!

Refuse to Choose and Enter to Win a Macbook Pro by April 8!

Did you catch the VMware Fusion cupcakes and "refuse to choose" t-shirts at SXSW 2010?  We enjoyed spreading the word about VMware Fusion to thousands of Mac users through sugar, t-shirts and a ton of laughs.  For those who refuse to choose, the Madcakes Bakery created these special "Fusion" cupcakes, with half vanilla and half double chocolate chip (covered with delicious), sparing the public the struggle of choosing between their two favorite flavors:

0_madcakesVMware Fusion Madcakes Mobile at SXSW 2010 in Austin, TX

9_madcake Vanilla and Double Chocolate Chip "Fusion cupcake" at SXSW 2010

But as coverage from SXSW 2010 comes to a wrap, we're happy to share that we've extended the VMware Fusion SXSW "Refuse to Choose" contest deadline through this Thursday, April 8.

With VMware Fusion, you can be a Mac…and a PC! Fuse with your opposite and enter for a chance to win a MacBook Pro.
If you are sporting a fusion t-shirt from SXSW, find your opposite and post a picture of the two of you on our
VMware Fusion Facebook page. If not, then post a photo of your own creative fusion! Ohio State and Michigan?
Rich and Poor? Safe and Sorry? We want to see what you can come up with.

Here are some creative examples currently in the running:

1_chezfusionHiphopssical at Chez Fusion

3_hiphopbabyHiphop|Classical Parenting

Macbook meets Facebook


5_democrublicanDemocrublican Split Personality

6_hamburgetarian Hamburgetarian

To enter, just follow these simple steps:

1. Fill out the contest entry form by entering your name and e-mail. Be sure to use the same name and e-mail that is displayed in your Facebook account.

2. Become a fan of the VMware Fusion Facebook page.

3. Upload your fusion photo for judging on the VMware Fusion Facebook Wall.

Tag yourself in the photo.  Don't forget this important step – this is
how you can become one of two lucky winners of a new MacBook Pro.

To participate in the VMware Fusion "Refuse to Choose" Contest (the "Contest"), you must be at
least 18 years old and a legal resident of the United States.  Additional terms and conditions apply.

Entries will be accepted until 11:59PM PT on Thursday, April 8, so get your cameras out now and have some fun!

VMware Fusion: Top App for Running Windows on a Mac on a Tight Budget


InformationWeek recently published their list of “Top 19 Mac Apps For Tight Budgets” and VMware Fusion was chosen app to run Windows on the Mac.

Mitch Wagner summarizes why Mac users on a tight budget need VMware Fusion.

The most common use is to run Windows and get access to proprietary Windows apps that are not available for the Mac … As if that’s not cool enough, Fusion will let you do a few more things: You can share data between the "guest operating system" and the Mac. You can set some Windows apps to be the default app for specific kinds of documents. And you can run Windows apps in their own, separate windows on the Mac, so they look more like native Mac apps.

In addition to VMware Fusion, there are a lot of other great apps on the InformationWeek Top 19 Mac Apps list that I personally use daily including TextWrangler, Adium, Evernote, Things, and Tweetie. So, I highly recommend you check out the InformationWeek Top 19 Mac Apps list to find some great apps you may not be using today but should check out.

If you aren’t already using VMware Fusion, download a 30-day trial and see why VMware Fusion is the top app for running Windows on a tight budget.

VMware Fusion in BestTechie.net’s “Top 5 Mac Applications”

Jeff over at BestTechie has a cool video blog post up about their favorite Top 5 application for Mac users, both power users and regular joes.

They did some polling in their forums and live chat area to get the list together, and sure enough, VMware Fusion made the list as their favorite way to run Windows on Mac.  Thanks guys!

Check out the video below, which floats some other cool applications that you might want to put on your Mac.

As we prepare for Macworld 2008, a look back at the last year…

The Beginning

This time last year, we had just shipped our first public beta of VMware for the Mac, codenamed "Fusion" and I had just joined VMware and the Mac team right before Macworld. VMware had its first Macworld booth ever and the Mac team talked to thousands of Mac users looking for a way to run Windows on their Mac (or maybe they talked to us get the free t-shirt that we gave away! :) )

The Mac team came away from Macworld pumped and got back to work making VMware for the Mac even better. We added DirectX 8.1 accelerated 3D graphics , the first hardware acclerated 3D graphics in the Mac virtualization market when released in beta 2 in February 2007. In April, we announced we had a name for our Mac product: VMware Fusion (TM). In June, with beta 4 we introduced Unity , the most seamless way to run Windows applications like Mac applications. In the end, there were over 250,000 beta downloads of VMware Fusion before we launched VMware Fusion 1.0.

The Launch

On August 6, 2007 we launched VMware Fusion 1.0 and brought the following exclusive features to the Mac platform that still aren’t shipping today in other products including a Cocoa-native user interface with customizable toolbars, support for 2-way Virtual SMP for multiple processors in a virtual machine, ability to run both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems in a virtual machine, and no limits on the number of virtual machines runnings at a time, you are limited only by available memory.

The Dot Release

In November 2007, we released VMware Fusion 1.1  which added experimental support for DirectX 9.0 (without shaders) 3D graphics, full support for Mac OS X Leopard, and simultanously shipped a single installer for English, French, German, and Japanese.  In addition, we also released beta 1 of VMware Importer , which allows you to easily migrate your Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machines to VMware Fusion.

Virtual Machine Importation with Ease

Earlier this week, we released beta 2 of VMware Importer which adds support for importing Virtual PC 7.0 for Mac virtual machines in addition to improving support for importing Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machines. I recommended checking out VMware Importer , it is great tool to get you up and running in VMware Fusion quickly.

It was been an incredibly busy year and I can’t be prouder of being part of the Mac team at VMware. The Mac team is building products that we as Mac users want to use and are happy our users love. The acceptance of the VMware Fusion to date has been incredible. Thank you to the Mac community for your support so far.

Awards and Reviews

VMware Fusion received many great reviews including three I want to call out:

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal  said "Fusion has a much smaller impact on the Mac’s overall performance"

Rob Griffiths at Macworld  said "I currently prefer Fusion for its low impact on other OS X applications, support for multiple virtual CPUs, and huge library of virtual appliances." 

Daniel Begun at CNET Crave  said "From a pure performance perspective, Fusion proves to be a faster performing platform than Parallels. Additionally, in our anecdotal hands-on testing we found Fusion to be somewhat more stable than Parallels"

In addition to the many great reviews, VMware Fusion has won eight awards to date including the 2007 Macworld Eddy! See below for the list of awards won so far:

2007 Macworld Editor’s Choice Award

2007 Pogie (David Pogue of New York Times Technology Award)

Macworld UK Editor’s Choice

PC Pro Recommended (PC Pro UK)

Amazon’s Best of 2007 

Lifehacker Top 10 New and Improved Apps of 2007

Redmond Magazine Editor’s Choice Award – Biggest \\\\\\"Wow\\" in an IT product

IT Enquirer Editor’s Choice

We can’t thank the Mac community enough for how you have embraced VMware Fusion and we look forward to making 2008 an even better year for Mac users.

Please come by our Macworld  booth to meet me, Pete, and other members of the Mac team, we are in booth #2717 .



VMware Fusion named an “Editor’s Pick Best of 2007” by Amazon.com!



It might not be a moose, but it’s still pretty cool. VMware Fusion was named to Amazon’s Editor’s Pick "Best of 2007" list, along with other notables like Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, Dragon Naturally Speaking for Vista Ultimate (which will run under VMware Fusion) and more!

Amazon is a great partner, and we’ve always been happy to see ourselves consisently up on their constantly updated "Mac Software Bestsellers" (as of today, we’re #4, just behind Microsoft Office 2008 and 2004 for Mac and Mac OS X Leopard…great company to keep!) all while gettting solid user reviews.

Thinking it’s probably gonna be a tough row to hoe to get past Mac OS X Leopard and Microsoft Office for Mac, be it 2004 or 2008*. But a guy can dream, right?

*But why run Office for Mac, when you can run your current office for Windows, under VMware Fusion? ; )