VMware Workstation 7 users will be pleased to know that VMware has extended the end-of-support (EOS) date for Workstation 7 by an entire year to October 31, 2012.
Between now and the end of October, VMware plans to ship one or more maintenance releases for Workstation 7 to address uncovered security vulnerabilties. We do not plan to add any new features or add support for new operating systems.
We have chosen to do this because the previous EOS date of October 31, 2011 only provided our customers with a month and a half of support before they were required to upgrade to Workstation 8 to remain on a supported version of our product. We feel that this was an unreasonably short period of time and therefore have decided to take care of our loyal users and extend the support window.
We highly recommend that everyone upgrades to Workstation 8 to take advantage of all the new features including the most advanced virtualization platform with incredible graphics performance, the ablity to connect to vSphere, sharing virtual machines, a whole new UI and lots more!
If you still plan to continue using Workstation 7, you will be missing out on many very cool features in Workstation 8, but you will be able to run Workstation 7 confidently knowing that VMware takes the security of our customers very seriously.
The official EOS dates can be found here on VMware's website.