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VMworld 2016: Windows 10 Anniversary support coming to VMware Fusion and Workstation

Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Windows Server 2016, and macOS Sierra support is coming to the latest versions of VMware's Fusion and Workstation products.

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Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and Windows Server 2016 will be coming to the latest versions of VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation, the company unveiled Tuesday at the 2016 VMworld conference in Las Vegas.

Fusion and Workstation are two of VMware's core virtualization platforms. VMware Fusion is geared toward Mac users, as it allows the running of Windows apps in a Mac environment. Workstation, on the other hand, facilitates the running of "multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC," accord to the Workstation webpage.

VMware Fusion 8.5, Fusion 8.5 Pro, VMware Workstation 12.5 Player, and Workstation 12.5 Pro will all have support for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and Windows Server 2016 built-in to their versions, as the company announced via a press release. The Fusion products will also get support for the latest desktop OS from Apple, macOS Sierra. According to VMware, this will give users the ability to leverage new Sierra features such as Siri integration and "Tabbed VM windows."

Additionally, existing Fusion 8.0 and Workstation 12.0 users will be offered free upgrades to the latest versions, as noted by a slide provided by VMware.

Back in August 2015, VMware released Fusion 8 and Workstation 12, which brought initial support for Windows 10, and additional support for Apple's El Capitan OS. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which was released on August 2, 2016, brings some updates to Cortana and the Edge browser, as well as new security features.

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The future of Fusion and Workstation were in question earlier this year, when it was reported that VMware would be cutting 800 jobs across both programming teams. As ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols pointed out, VMware's products in the space have remained popular, but they've been seeing increasing competition from products like VirtualBox and Parallels.

The layoffs were confusing, as VMware reported fairly solid financials shortly before the layoffs were announced. However, it could signal that the company is more strongly restructuring around its cloud services, which was further evidenced by VMware's push to hybrid cloud and SDDC on the first day of VMworld.

However, adding support for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update might not do much to increase excitement for these VMware products. Since its release, The Anniversary Update has been rife with problems, including difficult ad blocking, broken systems, and dead webcams.

However, the larger dark cloud looming over VMware is the impending close of Dell's merger with EMC—VMware's parent company. How that will ultimately affect VMware is still unclear, but some have predicted outcomes ranging from chaos to utter destruction.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and Windows Server 2016 are coming to the latest versions of VMware Fusion 8.5 and Workstation 12.5, with macOS Sierra support coming to Fusion as well.
  2. VMware recently cut 800 jobs for both Fusion and Workstation teams, signalling a shift to hybrid cloud and SDDC as core focuses.
  3. The Dell/EMC merger is still looming over VMware, and it's unclear what the full effect will be on the company.

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About Conner Forrest

Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

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