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Cyber Monday roundup includes discounted Macs, VMware apps

Cyber Monday, the largest online electronics shopping day of the year, is in full effect, with a number of valuable discounts on Apple products.

Through Wednesday, VMware is offering steep 30 percent discounts on its line of software. The full version of VMware Fusion 3, regularly $79.99, is available for $59.99, while the VMware Fusion 3 Upgrade, usually $39.99, is on sale for $27.99.

In addition, VMware Workstation 7 has been knocked down from its regular price of $189 to $132.90. Similarly, the VMware Workstation 7 Upgrade, regularly $99, is available for $69.30. These offers began Monday and expire at 11:59 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Discounts remain on Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition. Amazon, MacMall, and MacConnection are all selling the regularly $149.95 suite for just $89.99.

In addition, MacConnection is still holding its Black Friday sale, extended from last week. Buyers can save up to hundreds of dollars on a new MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini and Mac Pro. Strong discounts from Mac resellers are believed to have already led to booming sales for Black Friday and over the weekend.

Full details are available in AppleInsider's up-to-date Mac Pricing Guide.

Customers are increasingly turning to the Internet for their holiday sales: Overall online purchases increased 11 percent this year, while Apple drew 39 percent more visitors to its Web site on Black Friday than in 2008, according to comScore.

As reported earlier Monday, Apple is also running its own Cyber Monday promotions on some accessories. The company has discounted Dr. Dre-branded headphones by $30, the mophie Juice Pack Air iPhone case and rechargeable battery by $8, the Eye-Fi 2GB Geo SD card by $6, Vestax Spin DJ by $25, and a LaCie Starck 500GB USB drive by $15. Apple is also offering free shipping on products purchased through Dec. 23.

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