VMware Workstation Wins Windows & .NET Magazine Readers' Choice Awards

Leading Technology Publication Bestows Top Honors on Fourth Generation of Powerful Desktop Virtualization Software

PALO ALTO, Calif., September 15, 2003- VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual machine software for industry-standard systems, today announced that VMware Workstation, powerful virtual machine software for the desktop, was honored in the Windows & .NET Magazine Readers' Choice Awards. VMware Workstation won in both the Best Testing/Debugging Software category and the Best Microsoft Windows Development Tools category.

"We know that peer recommendations are important to our readership," said Dave Bernard, custom media editorial director, Windows & .NET Magazine. "The second annual Windows & .NET Magazine Readers' Choice Awards were developed as a way for readers to choose and recommend the best technology products in the industry. Receiving this award is an industry seal of approval."

Readers were asked to vote on their product preferences in 16 broad technology categories. More than 7,700 readers chose the best among more than 950 products and services.

"Few people know more about the best values in Windows technology products and services than Windows & .NET Magazine readers-the people who actually do the buying on behalf of their organizations. By voting for the most outstanding products, IT professionals have rewarded excellence in the Windows technology market," said Janet Robbins, editor-in-chief, Windows & .NET Magazine.

VMware Workstation, since its introduction in 1999, has revolutionized software development by dramatically simplifying and accelerating the way software is developed and deployed. Users run multiple operating systems, including Windows and Linux, simultaneously and independently on a single PC in fully networked, portable virtual machines. Today VMware Workstation is used by more than 1.5 million users worldwide for software development, testing and deployment as well as application compatibility and operating system migration, training and sales demos, and software help desk and technical support.

"We're honored that VMware Workstation has been recognized by the readers of Windows & .NET Magazine as an outstanding product for technical professionals," said Michael Mullany, vice president of marketing at VMware. "This provides great validation of our efforts to anticipate and respond to the needs of software developers and testers with innovative products, enabling them to develop applications faster and test them more comprehensively than ever before."

The list of past industry recognition of VMware Workstation includes the CNET Editor's Choice Award, Delphi Informant Readers' Choice Award, Linux Magazine Editor's Choice Award, PC Magazine Linux Award, PC Magazine Technical Excellence Award, Software Development Magazine Jolt Productivity Award, Software Development Magazine Jolt Product Excellence Award, and Visual Studio Magazine Editor's Choice Award.

About Windows & .NET Magazine

First published in 1995, Windows & .NET Magazine is the editorial leader in its field. Since its inception, it has grown into an information network that includes the magazine, three print newsletters, 14 direct-request email newsletters, Web sites and in-person events such as Web seminars, road shows, trade shows and conferences. The magazine has a paid subscription base of 102,000; over 1.5 million IT professionals are reached through the Windows & .NET Magazine Network every month. The magazine is published in 13 languages and has an international reach into 160 countries.

About VMware, Inc.

VMware, Inc. is the global leader in virtual machine software for industry-standard systems. With more than 5,000 customers worldwide and 80% of the Fortune 100, VMware provides companies with a proven set of enterprise products and solutions to consolidate their server infrastructure, improve software lifecycle management and provide application compatibility in mixed operating system environments. VMware's products enable companies to flexibly scale and control their infrastructure to quickly respond to business demands, improve return on investment and dramatically reduce total cost of ownership. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.

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