VMware Announces Pre-Order Availability and Pricing of VMware Fusion for
VMware Introduces Unity Feature for Seamless Windows Application
Integration; VMware Fusion Combines Mac-Native Interface with
Industry-Leading Virtualization Technology
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 12, 2007 –VMware, Inc., the global leader in
software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers, today
announced pre-order availability and pricing for VMware Fusion, which
enables Mac users to simultaneously run Mac, Windows, Linux, NetWare and
Solaris-based applications without rebooting. Through a special promotion,
VMware currently plans to enable customers to pre-order VMware Fusion for
$39.99 from www.vmware.com/mac beginning today until the product is
VMware currently plans to make VMware Fusion generally available prior to
the end of August 2007 for a suggested retail price of $79.99. All
statements regarding VMware Fusion herein, including the features below,
are made with respect to VMware Fusion beta versions, including the latest
VMware Fusion Beta 4, which is available today at www.vmware.com/mac.
VMware Fusion is the most complete, reliable and easy-to-use virtualization
product for the Mac, built from the ground up for the Mac user and based on
the industry-leading VMware virtualization platform introduced nearly 10
“VMware Fusion enables Mac users to use their preferred computing platform
to run Windows and other PC-based applications within fast and secure
virtual machines,” said Dan Chu, vice president of emerging products and
markets at VMware. “With more than 200,000 downloads of VMware Fusion since
the public beta became available earlier this year, Mac users are rapidly
adopting the industry-leading VMware virtualization platform used by
“Everyone who tries Mac OS X loves its reliability, security and
ease-of-use combined with the blazing speed of our Intel-based Macs,” said
Ron Okamoto, vice president of worldwide developer relations at Apple.
“We’re thrilled that VMware will be releasing its proven virtualization
software that makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users
considering the Mac.”
“As a long time user of VMware products, I am very excited to see VMware
bring its vast experience in virtualization to the Mac,” said Tim
Antonowicz, senior systems engineer at Bowdoin College. “VMware Fusion
allows us to reduce hardware costs and provide a higher level of service to
our faculty and staff, both in classrooms and in labs. With VMware Fusion
installed on a Mac in every classroom, our faculty will have the freedom to
run any operating system–Windows, Linux and Mac OS X–all from a single
computer. In our labs, VMware Fusion allows students the flexibility to run
Mac OS X and any Windows or Linux environment without rebooting, and our
lab administrators can quickly make new environments available without
having to re-image the entire lab.”
Key features of VMware Fusion include:
* Seamless Windows Integration with Unity: VMware Fusion with Unity enables
users to run Windows XP applications directly on their Mac desktops,
providing full integration with Mac keyboard shortcuts and the Expose
feature in Mac OS X. The VMware Fusion Launch Palette provides access to
all Windows applications, which can be saved to the Mac OS X Dock.
* Automatic Boot Camp Integration: VMware Fusion automatically detects
users’ existing Boot Camp installations to allow Mac OS X to run alongside
Windows XP or Vista with no additional setup.
* Accelerated 3-D graphics Support: This exclusive feature enables users to
run DirectX 8.1 applications and play select DirectX 8.1 games from within
Windows XP virtual machines.
* Most Complete Virtual Hardware for the Mac: VMware Fusion supports
Virtual SMP to leverage dual-core and dual-processor computers and 64-bit
operating systems including Windows Vista. It also enables users to use the
maximum memory available on Mac Pro and Xserve computers to run more
virtual machines simultaneously and increase user productivity.
* USB 2.0 Support: Users can take advantage of high-performance peripherals
that work only in Windows including cell phones, GPS devices and cameras.
* Snapshot/Backup: With its “snapshot” feature, VMware Fusion users can
capture and save the current state of a running virtual machine. This
enables them to easily roll back to a stable state if the virtual machine
* VMware Converter Integration: Users can run the free-of-charge VMware
Converter on their existing Windows PC to migrate the environment into a
virtual machine ready for use on their Macs.
* Broadest Product Interoperability: Users can run virtual machines created
with VMware Server, VMware Infrastructure 3 and VMware Workstation with
VMware Fusion. This enables users to easily port virtual machines they
already have created and use them on their Macs.
Pricing and Availability
Pre-order VMware Fusion for $39.99 from www.vmware.com/mac beginning today
until the product is generally available. VMware currently plans to make
VMware Fusion generally available prior to the end of August 2007 for a
suggested retail price of $79.99.
About VMware, Inc.
VMware, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC), is the global leader in virtual
infrastructure software for industry-standard systems. The world’s largest
companies use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their
existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business
demands. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California. For more information,
visit (http://www.vmware.com/)www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.