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Black Friday sale is now live!

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It’s that time of year again! Our biggest sale of the year is now live on store.vmware.com!

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Biggest sale of the year is almost here!

It’s nearly that time again… Black Friday and Cyber Monday are quickly approaching!

We’re going to have our award winning virtualization products on sale at huge discounts just in time for the holidays.

If you had been holding off upgrading to Fusion 8.5, our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are the biggest discounts we offer all year, it’s the perfect time to get supported under macOS Sierra and Windows 10 Anniversary (which has been called ‘the most secure Windows to date‘.

In other news, we also just released a security patch to address a vulnerability demonstrated at this year’s PwnFest festival in Seoul, Korea last week. We patched the vulnerability in hours and pushed the release on Sunday to protect our users.

You can read the release notes for 8.5.2 here

 

Fusion for Business

Did you know that VMware Fusion makes it easy to manage a fleet of Bring Your Own Device users? By adding VMware Horizon FLEX, businesses have more control over local virtual desktops than ever before. Use Fusion or Workstation to create your ‘Gold Master’ templates and then share those with end users. The templates can be restricted and even encrypted, and managed from a central console: Horizon FLEX.

Even when used un-namaged, Fusion allows Macs to live in the enterprise like never before. Users can run the corporate desktop, complete with custom windows-only application developed in-house, right from their Mac.

Want to learn more? Check out our video and come visit our VMware Fusion and Horizon FLEX product pages!

Fusion for Developers

Build the next big thing with Fusion

Did you know that thousands of developers use VMware Fusion every day for all kinds of development and testing?

Build and test apps for any platform, cloud or desktop, or work with the latest in container technology by deploying VMware’s own PhotonOS. Purpose built for running Docker, Garden and rat applications, PhotonOS is there to help you build applications locally in a cloud-ready environment.

To learn more about what developers and IT professionals consider ‘the most stable Mac virtualization platform’, check out our video below and then visit our product page!

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Fusion for IT

Did you know…

VMware Fusion is a fantastic tool to have in your toolbox if you’re an IT Professional.

Why’s that you ask? Take a look at this video and find out…

 

VMware Fusion: Mac Virtualization for Everyone

Hi everyone!

Most Mac users know about VMware Fusion and how it’s the best way to run Windows on your Mac… BUT… did you know it’s also the tool of choice for IT, Developers and Businesses looking to get the most out of their hardware investment, or embrace a BYOD culture?

Well if you didn’t, consider this an introduction to how people use Fusion for things OTHER than home users running Windows on the Mac.

Check out our new video below!

 

 

Fusion 8.5 Released and Available Now!

Lots of stuff in this announcement, so read on!

Fusion 8.5 Now Available!

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Start your upgrade engines, Fusion 8.5 is here!

We’re very proud of our team for achieving this milestone release, which is available as a free update for Fusion 8 customers!

New features include:

  • Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Guests
  • Support for macOS Sierra Host and Guest
  • Ready for Windows Server 2016
  • Tabbed View Support
  • Siri Support
  • Bug Fixes
  • Free for 8.0 Customers!

Grab the bits here: vmware.com/go/getfusion or use the built-in Software Update feature.

We chose to make this a free release for current customers for a few reasons, but largely: “We hear from our users year on year that having to pay for something as small as a minor operating system release gets a little long in the tooth” . Theres a lot going on at VMware this year giving us an opportunity to pause and focus, (but we’re not dead!) so we extended that opportunity to our users with a free upgrade that supports the latest from Apple and Microsoft, while still managing to squeeze in support for a couple of interesting features largely with the help of Apple: Tabs and Siri.

Buy:

Upgrade:

Upgrade Pricing

We also want everyone on the current version, so we’ve extended our upgrade price eligibility going back as far as Fusion 4.0… So, if you’re on Fusion 4, 5 or 6 you can qualify for a huge discount on the price of Fusion. (Oh, and we’re also giving you an additional 15% off Fusion 8 upgrades for 2 days only, and and 33% off Fusion 8 Pro upgrades!! We must be crazy… Or we love our users… you decide!)

Virtual Reality Contest

Oh, and while we’re here, did you hear about our Virtual Reality giveaway? All you have to do is tell us in 30 seconds to a minute ‘Why you love Fusion or Workstation’ and an interesting tale that is unique to you. All the details are available here: store.vmware.com/oculus

VMworld 2016: We Love Fusion and Workstation!

We did a session at VMworld which you can check out here and spoke with some of our fans afterward, here what they have to say about Fusion and Workstation!

 

Release Notes

Full Release Notes can be found here

Bug fixes in this release include:

  • MS Office applications in Windows virtual machine would sometimes not open the attachment in the mail application on Mac. This issue is resolved.
  • After you import a Parallels 11 virtual machine into VMware Fusion, attempting to power on the virtual machine would fail with the error “Inaccessible Boot Device.”. This issue is resolved.
  • When the Full Screen Minibar was hidden at the edge of the screen, hovering the cursor over it would not make it appear. This issue is resolved.
  • Fusion could crash when you attempt to create a remote virtual machine on vCenter Server 5.5. This issue is resolved.
  • On the Ubuntu 15.10 and later versions guest OS, when you replace open-vm-tools with the VMware Tools version bundled with VMware Fusion, VMware Tools may not work as expected. After you reboot the system, an Ubuntu crash report might appear and one of the services in VMware Tools might stop working. This issue is resolved.
  • Attempts to drag and drop files between the host and a Mac OS virtual machine occasionally fail. This issue is resolved.

We will be issuing point releases to address any issues that may come up after macOS Sierra reaches General Availability later this month.

Hope you enjoy!

VMware Fusion 8.5 Announced!

We’ve been holding in the surprise for some time now but on the keynote stage today at VMworld, Sanjay Poonan, EVP of our End user Computing business unit where Fusion and Workstation are situated, pulled the covers back and revealed the details about our big annual release.

This year we are delivering Fusion 8.5 and Fusion 8.5 Pro, and the big surprise is this: It’s a free upgrade for all current-version customers.  So, if you’re on Fusion 8.1.1, you’re going to be able to upgrade to the latest Fusion with full support for macOS Sierra and Windows 10 Anniversary edition, for free. We’ll also be adding Windows Server 2016 support when it comes available.

The release includes support for some interesting macOS Sierra features, including Tabs and Siri support.

This is an exciting release for us because it marks the first time that we have provided a yearly update for no additional cost to current-version customers. We’ve been holding the surprise in for some time, so we’re very excited to finally share this with the world.

We’ve also changed how users can upgrade to the latest release. Users are eligible for upgrade pricing going back to Fusion 4. So, if you have an old Fusion license and haven’t upgraded in a few years, there’s never been a better time.

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Tabs! With macOS Sierra, you can now bring all those VM’s into a single window

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Hey Siri, Open Microsoft Edge

This also marks the release of VMware Workstation 12.5 Pro and Player editions, which you can read more about here. We expect all 4 products (Fusion, Fusion Pro, Workstation Pro and Workstation Player) to release mid-September.

So if you’re still on Fusion 7 or older, you can upgrade to 8.1.1 today and know that we’ve got your back by making sure you’ll be able to run the latest and greatest from Microsoft and Apple!

We’re Giving Away 20 Oculus Rift Headsets. Want One?

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Yes, you read that right. Twenty virtual reality headsets. Wow.

Of course, writing to me and asking for one won’t cut it; you have to work a little harder than that.

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Fusion is picking up the tab…

Hah, tab… see what I did there?

Here’s a sneak peek at something we’re very excited about…

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One of the new features of macOS Sierra people are talking about has been native tabs for apps, and let me tell you I’m pretty excited about it. Seriously, the folks in our office are probably getting tired of me geeking-out over this by now…

Our users have been asking us for this feature for a while, and we had heard wind that Apple was going to open this up so we didn’t have to figure out a custom implementation. Good things come to those who wait =)

This feature is something I think “other Mac-based virtualization tools” will have a hard time doing…

Part of our design philosophy is to consistently use native UI elements wherever possible. This ethos applies not only to Fusion, but also to Workstation and Player where we have native UI for Linux built on GTK, for example.

In the case of OS X / macOS, we have always had a better time when we implement things that are standard UI elements within the Apple ecosystem. This year our design philosophy really pays off with our ability to natively support multiple running VM’s in a tabbed interface on macOS Sierra.

So, by upgrading to Fusion 8 and macOS Sierra, users will just get this feature by default. Yes, I said Fusion 8 😉

Enabling it is pretty simple, even if it is a little different than how you’re used to opening tabs in Safari or Finder.

With Fusion you need to have 2 or more VMs open (the Library Window does not count).

With the VM window active, go to the Window menu and click ‘Merge All Windows’.

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There’s no fancy animation yet, and I expect Apple will probably add that later on.

So for folks using more than 1 VM, this is a pretty exciting feature!

We have more surprises in store for this year’s release, and with VMworld looming we’re getting very excited, and can’t wait to share the news! Stay tuned!