VMware Express Now Available on the Web for $79

Software Gives Linux Users Easy Access to Windows Applications



Dec 18, 2000, 00:00 ET from VMware Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- VMware, Inc. today announced
 that its popular VMware Express desktop software is now available directly
 from VMware on its Web store ( http://www.vmware.com ) for just $79.
 Introduced in May 2000, VMware Express allows users to run either Microsoft
 Windows 95 or Windows 98 in a virtual machine on a Linux system, gaining full
 access to all of their favorite Windows applications while simultaneously
 running Linux.
     The basis of all VMware products is the company's patent pending
 MultipleWorlds technology, which enables users to create virtual machines that
 work just like a desktop PC or server, with full networking and multimedia
 support.  Additionally with VMware Express, users can easily share files
 between the Linux host system and the Windows virtual machine using the Samba
 file sharing service that comes preconfigured.
     VMware also plans to offer VMware Express through a variety of
 distribution channels including computer retail stores and online resellers.
 Previously, VMware Express was available only through selected OEM partners.
     "VMware Express is ideal for desktop users of Linux systems who simply
 want an easy and affordable way to gain access to Windows applications," said
 Diane Greene, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of VMware.
 "VMware has a strong following in the Linux community and making VMware
 Express available to them more easily and at an extremely attractive price is
 our direct response to requests from some of our strongest supporters."
 
     Easy Set Up -- Advanced Features
     VMware Express is much easier to set up and use than a Windows and Linux
 dual-boot system, which is complex, time consuming and has some risk of data
 loss in the process.  Once VMware Express is installed, users can switch
 between operating systems with the click of a mouse rather than having to shut
 down their computers and re-boot to run the alternate operating system.  And
 installing VMware Express is as easy as installing an application.
     In addition to the ability to run Windows and Linux simultaneously, VMware
 Express also offers the following capabilities:
 
     -- Easy access to printers, dongles, modems and handheld computers
     -- Full support for networking, dial-up access and file sharing
     -- Ability to listen to music and record sound
     -- Works on both single processor and SMP systems
     -- No need to repartitioning the disk to install
 
     Boxed Version Also Available
     A packaged version of VMware Express is also available directly from
 VMware for $99.
 
     About VMware
     VMware serves enterprise IT groups, service providers and technical
 professionals with software for delivering managed services on Intel computers
 safely, reliably and on demand.  VMware products are based on the company's
 patent pending MultipleWorlds technology, which combines classic virtual
 machine technology with advanced virtual networking and mainframe-class system
 and resource management capabilities.  Founded in 1998, VMware delivered its
 first product in May 1999.  VMware has more than 500,000 registered users
 including 5,000 corporate customers in 100 countries.  VMware is a privately
 held company based in Palo Alto, California.  For more information, visit
 VMware's Web site at http://www.vmware.com .
     NOTE:  VMware, the VMware boxes logo, MultipleWorlds, GSX Server, and ESX
 Server are trademarks of VMware, Incorporated.  Microsoft, Windows, and
 Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.  Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  All other marks and names mentioned
 herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.
 
 

SOURCE VMware Inc.
    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- VMware, Inc. today announced
 that its popular VMware Express desktop software is now available directly
 from VMware on its Web store ( http://www.vmware.com ) for just $79.
 Introduced in May 2000, VMware Express allows users to run either Microsoft
 Windows 95 or Windows 98 in a virtual machine on a Linux system, gaining full
 access to all of their favorite Windows applications while simultaneously
 running Linux.
     The basis of all VMware products is the company's patent pending
 MultipleWorlds technology, which enables users to create virtual machines that
 work just like a desktop PC or server, with full networking and multimedia
 support.  Additionally with VMware Express, users can easily share files
 between the Linux host system and the Windows virtual machine using the Samba
 file sharing service that comes preconfigured.
     VMware also plans to offer VMware Express through a variety of
 distribution channels including computer retail stores and online resellers.
 Previously, VMware Express was available only through selected OEM partners.
     "VMware Express is ideal for desktop users of Linux systems who simply
 want an easy and affordable way to gain access to Windows applications," said
 Diane Greene, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of VMware.
 "VMware has a strong following in the Linux community and making VMware
 Express available to them more easily and at an extremely attractive price is
 our direct response to requests from some of our strongest supporters."
 
     Easy Set Up -- Advanced Features
     VMware Express is much easier to set up and use than a Windows and Linux
 dual-boot system, which is complex, time consuming and has some risk of data
 loss in the process.  Once VMware Express is installed, users can switch
 between operating systems with the click of a mouse rather than having to shut
 down their computers and re-boot to run the alternate operating system.  And
 installing VMware Express is as easy as installing an application.
     In addition to the ability to run Windows and Linux simultaneously, VMware
 Express also offers the following capabilities:
 
     -- Easy access to printers, dongles, modems and handheld computers
     -- Full support for networking, dial-up access and file sharing
     -- Ability to listen to music and record sound
     -- Works on both single processor and SMP systems
     -- No need to repartitioning the disk to install
 
     Boxed Version Also Available
     A packaged version of VMware Express is also available directly from
 VMware for $99.
 
     About VMware
     VMware serves enterprise IT groups, service providers and technical
 professionals with software for delivering managed services on Intel computers
 safely, reliably and on demand.  VMware products are based on the company's
 patent pending MultipleWorlds technology, which combines classic virtual
 machine technology with advanced virtual networking and mainframe-class system
 and resource management capabilities.  Founded in 1998, VMware delivered its
 first product in May 1999.  VMware has more than 500,000 registered users
 including 5,000 corporate customers in 100 countries.  VMware is a privately
 held company based in Palo Alto, California.  For more information, visit
 VMware's Web site at http://www.vmware.com .
     NOTE:  VMware, the VMware boxes logo, MultipleWorlds, GSX Server, and ESX
 Server are trademarks of VMware, Incorporated.  Microsoft, Windows, and
 Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.  Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  All other marks and names mentioned
 herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.
 
 SOURCE  VMware Inc.