VMware® ready to embrace Microsoft® Windows 8
Change the way you work with virtual machines. Silicon Valley-based VMware has launched the latest version of its personal virtualization software called VMware Workstation 9. Technical professionals can now use Workstation 9 to work whenever and wherever they want with its Windows 8 support, the all new web interface, restricted virtual machines, and much more.
According to Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, End-User Computing at VMware, “For over a decade we have consistently delivered innovative new technologies with each Workstation release and Workstation 9 continues this tradition.” He further added, “Workstation 9 brings the power of VMware virtualization to any IT professional desk and enables them to leverage the latest evolution of operating systems, processors and other technologies to be more productive and effective.”
Let’s check some of the unique features of VMware Workstation 9:
- Workstation 9 is optimized for running Windows 8 virtual machines and running on Windows 8 PCs. Its multi-touch support will ensure that you enjoy the Metro user interface (UI) of Windows 8.
- You can now access your virtual machine from a tablet, smartphone, PC or any device with a modern browser.
- Virtual machines can now be made more secure like encryption, USB device blockage, and requirement of a runtime password. Such machines can also be sent to anyone to run on their Mac, Windows, or Linux machines by using VMware Fusion Professional.
- Workstation 9 allows you to drag and drop your virtual machines from vSphere (internal cloud) to your PC.
- Workstation 9 offers better 3D graphics. You can now easily work with 3D applications like AutoCAD, Solidworks, and many current games. The virtualization software provides support for DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 3D graphics in both Windows and Linux virtual machines.
With the above features, VMware Workstation 9 has truly become a perfect tool for getting work done on a virtual machine.
VMware Workstation 9 is priced at $249, and upgrades of VMware Workstation 7 and 8 cost $119. Those who purchased VMware Workstation 8 between Aug. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2012 can upgrade to Workstation 9 at no cost.
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