VMware Provides VMware Fusion® 5 and VMware Workstation™ 9 Free to Students on edX’s Not-for-Profit Online Learning

  VMware Provides VMware Fusion® 5 and VMware Workstation™ 9 Free to Students
  on edX’s Not-for-Profit Online Learning Platform

Business Wire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- October 25, 2012

EdX, the not-for-profit online learning venture founded by Harvard University
and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today announced an
agreement with VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization and cloud
infrastructure, under which all students enrolled in HarvardX’s course CS50x:
Introduction to Computer Science will receive VMware Fusion® 5 and VMware
Workstation™ 9 to use for the duration of the course at no cost.

VMware Provides VMware Fusion(R) 5 and VMware Workstation(TM) 9 Free to
Students on edX's Not-for-Pr ...

VMware Provides VMware Fusion(R) 5 and VMware Workstation(TM) 9 Free to
Students on edX's Not-for-Profit Online Learning Platform (Photo: Business
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“We’re very excited to join edX in its mission to deliver high quality online
education,” said Dr. Stephen Herrod, VMware Chief Technology Officer and
Senior Vice President of Research & Development. “By providing VMware Fusion
and VMware Workstation products to all CS50x students at no cost, we’re
helping to remove the barriers to obtaining a top-flight computer science
education online. Students around the world will get to use the world’s best
virtualization products to support their learning.”

CS50x is Harvard College's introduction to the intellectual enterprises of
computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike,
with or without prior programming experience. An entry-level course taught by
David J. Malan, CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve
problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures,
encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web
development.

“To ensure that all students have access to a standardized computing
environment, the CS50x instructors have developed the CS50x Appliance – a
virtual machine that is preconfigured with the OS and software that students
will need to complete their CS50x assignments,” said Anant Agarwal, President
of edX. “Thanks to the generous support of VMware, students will be able to
run the exact same software whether they have a Mac, or PC running Windows or
Linux.”

Through edX, the "X Universities" – which now includes UC Berkeley and The
University of Texas System in addition to founding institutions Harvard and
MIT – will provide interactive education wherever there is access to the
Internet. EdX will enhance teaching and learning through research about how
students learn, and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both
on-campus and online. EdX plans to add other "X Universities" from around the
world to the edX platform in the coming months.

Additional Resources

  *Explore online education at edX
  *Learn more about VMware Fusion® on theVMware Fusion Blog
  *Read more about VMware Workstation™ on the VMware Workstation Blog

About edX

EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University
and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed
specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of
collaboration and their shared educational missions the founders are creating
a new online-learning experience. Anant Agarwal, former Director of MIT’s
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, serves as the first
president of edX. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will
use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform
learning—both on-campus and worldwide. EdX is based in Cambridge,
Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.

VMware, VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation are registered trademarks and/or
trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.
All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their
respective companies.

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