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VMware adds Windows 10 and enhanced graphics support to its virtual machine software

Blair Hanley Frank | Aug. 26, 2015
New features include support for Windows 10 and a graphics engine overhaul.

Like past versions of the software, users can run Windows apps alongside Mac apps using Fusion's Unity feature, and this upgrade also adds a refined installer so that it's easier for people to set up new virtual machines. Fusion Pro 8 includes features tailored for power users, developers and IT professionals, like support for IPv6 so they can test how the new networking standard works before rolling it out across a company. 

People who bought the immediate predecessors to the updated applications on or after July 29 will get a free upgrade to the new versions. Parallels users interested in switching to Fusion can get 40 percent off the purchase price of a new version of either Fusion 8 or Fusion Pro 8. 

A new copy of Fusion Pro 8 will cost US$200, while its consumer-oriented sibling costs $80. Workstation 12 Pro costs $250, and Workstation Player is $150. Users of the two most recent versions of VMWare's desktop virtualization software, including Fusion 6 and Workstation 10, will get discounts on upgrading to a new version of the software. 

On top of all the desktop pricing, people who purchase Fusion Pro 8 or Workstation Pro 12 will get $600 in free credits for the company's vCloud Air cloud platform or six months of free vCloud Air service, whichever runs out first. It's twice what VMware offers new users of its cloud platform, and could draw in new customers for the company's cloud business at a very competitive time in the cloud market overall. 

 

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