VMware usually charges users to upgrade its software so they have support for the latest versions of their favorite operating system, but that isn't the case this year.

Engadget reported that VMware issued free upgrades to its popular programs Fusion (8.5 and 8.5 Pro) and Workplace (12.5 and 12.5 Pro).

VMware's software allows users to run guest operating systems on their computer in a virtual environment without having to reboot the machine. Guest operating systems include many distributions of Linux and Windows (and even the semi-retired Windows XP).

What this means is that Mac, Linux and Windows versions of those programs will be able to run Windows Server 2016 and the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 in a virtual system.

On the Mac, VMware's software will allow users to take advantage of MacOS Sierra features like tabbed windows and Siri voice commands.

This new move from VMware will save customers $50 since they won't have to pay for an upgrade this year (or $80 for a brand new copy).

Digital Trends reported that VMware announced the free updates at the VMworld 2016 convention. While there, registered VMworld attendees got an 18-month version of the latest Workstation or Fusion release.

The latest versions of both Workplace and Fusion were made available to customers on September 8, Ars Technica reported.

Workstation received bug fixes and performance improvements, while Fusion got bug fixes and Siri integration. In order to qualify for the free update, customers will have to own Fusion 8 or Workstation 12.

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