VMware Workstation 9.0 now optimized for Windows 8

Winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation is recognized for its broad operating system support, rich user experience, comprehensive feature set and high performance. It's the perfect companion for any technical professional that values applications built by engineers, for engineers. Mware Workstation provides a seamless way to access all of the virtual machines you need, regardless of where they are running. Remotely connect to virtual machines running on VMware vSphere, ESXi or another copy of VMware Workstation. Workstation’s web interface lets you access local and server hosted virtual machines from your PC, smart phone, tablet or any device with a modern browser.

Run applications on multiple operating systems including Linux, Windows and more at the same time on the same PC without rebooting. Evaluate and test new operating systems, applications and patches in an isolated environment.

VMware Workstation 9 continues VMware’s tradition of delivering the virtual hardware that technical professionals deserve and rely on every day. With support for Windows 8, restricted VMs, Open GL support for Linux and a new web interface to access virtual machines, it’s the perfect tool for getting work done. To help you and your organization evaluate Windows 8, master the Metro UI and test your applications, VMware Workstation 9 is optimized for running Windows 8 virtual machines and running on Windows 8 PCs. Easy Install simplifies the task of creating Windows 8 virtual machines, Unity mode will intelligently scale windows with Metro applications and multi-touch support will ensure you get the true Windows 8 experience in a virtual machine.

Download: VMware Workstation 9.0.0 Build 812388 | 426 MB (Trial, requires registration)
Download: VMware Player 5.0.0 Build 812388 | 73.0 MB (Freeware)
View: VMware Website | Workstation Release Notes | Player Release Notes

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I have had some performance issues (random short (5-10 second) lock ups on high disk I/O operations. Windows 7 x64 host and Windows 8/Server 2012 guests. Anyone else had the same? Other guests work just fine.

Wow. The new features sound impressive. Like a web interface, Linux OpenGL and full compatibility with Windows 8. Already.

Wow. The new features sound impressive. Like a web interface, Linux OpenGL and full compatibility with Windows 8. Already.

Upgraded. Really don't see a great deal of improvements at this time. Guess it is time to put this to the test and setup a new Win 8 in the sandbox.

YAY! I just bought Vmware 8.0 upgrade on Aug 6th 2012, I get a free upgrade!! Woot!

I just installed it. One new thing i've noticed immediately is, during the install you do not have to restart to finish the uninstall of the previous version, nor do you have to reboot after the upgrade is complete. You don't have to restart at all anymore! YAY!

Edited by warwagon, Aug 23 2012, 3:58pm :