VMware Workstation Wins Visual Studio Magazine's Editors Choice Award

Powerful Virtual Machine Software Honored for Its Merit and Innovation

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 17, 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 awarded Visual Studio Magazine's Editors Choice Award at FTP's VSLive! Conference, the largest, independent international conference for Microsoft Windows developers.

"This year's Editors Choice Award goes to VMware Workstation, a product that wasn't created specifically for users of Visual Studio or even .NET, but which is essential in enabling many developers to get their jobs done better and faster," said Patrick Meader, editor-in-chief, Visual Studio Magazine. "It's common when writing applications to need to test in multiple environments, as well as restore environments to previous states. VMware simplifies both tasks greatly."

VMware Workstation, first introduced in 1999, lets users run multiple operating systems and their applications simultaneously on a single PC in fully networked, portable virtual machines. The product has revolutionized software development by dramatically simplifying and accelerating the way software is developed and deployed.

"It is really great to see that VMware Workstation has won this award. Our customers tell us that VMware Workstation eliminates drudgery, saves hardware costs and provides them with the tools to work smarter and faster," said Diane Greene, president and chief executive officer of VMware. "No developer should be without it."

About Visual Studio Magazine

Visual Studio Magazine, formerly Visual Basic Programmer's Journal, has been the leading independent source for technical information for professional developers working with Microsoft-based toolsets and technologies for more than 10 years. Visual Studio Magazine was recently voted the "#1 VB Developer Publication" by the independent research firm of Evans Data.

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. Based on the company's patented technology, 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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