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VMware Workstation 9 – Now Available World-Wide!

The Workstation team is thrilled to introduce VMware Workstation 9.  It’s been 12 years since Workstation first launched and dramatically changed the way technical professionals worked with virtual machines.   Since then the team has worked to bring bring innovation with each new release.  We feel Workstation 9 continues this tradition.

Workstation 9 builds on its broad operating system support, rich user experience, and comprehensive feature set to bring you best-in-class Windows 8 support, all new Web interface, restricted virtual machines and much more.  Not only does Workstation 9 change the way you work with virtual machines whether they reside on your PC or in the datacenter, it allows you to work when and where you want.

Let’s take a look at what Workstation 9 can do:

Best in Class Windows 8 Support

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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 to handle applications formerly known as Metro and multi-touch support will ensure you get the true Windows 8 experience in a virtual machine.

Access from Almost any Device

Workstation’s new web interface allows you to access your virtual machines running in Workstation or vSphere from a tablet, smart phone, PC or any device with a modern browser.  No plugins necessary. Now you can power on, off, or suspend your virtual machines and interact with them from almost anywhere.

Restricted Virtual Machines

Create virtual machines that require a runtime password, and another password to change virtual machine settings. Once set, send the virtual machine with restrictions to anyone to run on their Mac, Windows, or Linux machines by using Workstation 9, VMware Fusion 5, VMware Fusion 5 Professional, or VMware Player 5.

Download from vSphere

In Workstation 8 we introduced the ability to upload a virtual machine from your PC to vSphere. Workstation 9 takes the next step and allows you to drag and drop a virtual machine from vSphere to your PC. It’s the easiest way to move virtual machines between your PC and your internal cloud.

Better 3D Graphics

Workstation 9 includes support for the new Windows Metro interface, significant performance and rendering improvements to better support professional graphical applications such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks, Anti-Aliasing, OpenGL 2.1 for Linux operating systems and even an improved graphics driver for Windows XP.

Read the VMware Workstation 9 release notes for a complete list of new features.

What if I just bought VMware Workstation 8?

If you purchased VMware Workstation 8 (Full license or upgrade) between 08/01/2012 and 09/30/2012 you are eligible for a complimentary electronic upgrade under the VMware Workstation 9 Technology Guarantee Program (TGP).  To learn how to get your complimentary upgrade click here.

If you cannot wait to for your complimentary upgrade to VMware Workstation 8, we suggest you make the most of our free 30-day trial offer.

Availability and pricing

VMware Workstation 9 is immediately available for purchase from the VMware online store for $249 (US) and upgrades from VMware Workstation 7.x and 8.x are available for $119 (US). VMware Workstation can also be purchased through VMware’s network of resellers and distributors.

Buy Workstation 9
Upgrade to Workstation 9

Customers with an active support and subscription (“SnS”) contract are eligible to upgrade to Workstation 9 for free in the My VMware portal.  If you are not familiar with My VMware, check out this KB Article with video.

We hope you enjoy using VMware Workstation 9 as much as we enjoyed creating it.

The VMware Workstation Team

If you would like to discuss Workstation 9 in more detail, please join us in the VMware Workstation community.

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26 thoughts on “VMware Workstation 9 – Now Available World-Wide!

  1. Bartłomiej Kapuśniak

    I receive license after I pass VCP exam. Can I get free upgrade to Workstation 9 ?

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  3. John

    Yeah echo’ing what Bartłomiej Kapuśniak said, I got my vmware 8 license just last week for passing my VCP5. Do we get any love?

  4. Michael Paiko Post author

    Congratulations on passing the VCP! I will contact the VCP team to find out if they they have anything planned.

  5. Andras

    same q here: i’ve received the free workstation license some months ago after i passed the VCP5. it seems to be i cannot use the new ver9 with the ver8 lic.

  6. Greg M

    Is VMware going to be keeping to a <1 year release schedule for now on?

    $129 a year is pretty steep for a hobby developer.

    1. hefebia

      I agree. Where is the .5 version? Maybe add a non-commercial license? There are many of us who have to educate themselves at home even after leaving university 😉

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  9. Benito

    I am also wondering the same thing. I passed the VCP5 and received the version 8 license. Do we get a free upgrade?

  10. dale

    Yes as above those of us who have VCP5 it would be nice as a continuing thank you to at least be given the upgrade licence from 8 to 9.


  11. James F

    Similar question to all the others. I had a VCP4 and got Workstation 7, which I paid money to upgrade to Workstation 8. I then did my VCP5 (can’t remember if I got a second Workstation 8) and now Workstation 9 is released. It’s very expensive to upgrade my copy of Workstation every year just so I can mess around at home. My VCAP certifications don’t get me a free copy of anything so I guess I should be grateful for my original Workstation 7 license 🙂

  12. Dani

    Hm, in the European store, the price is wrong. It says 92.45 EUR for the upgrade, but when I put it into the shopping cart and provide my licens number (8), it becomes more expensive: 106.32 EUR. All prices have to include tax in the country where I live …

  13. Michael Paiko Post author

    Hi Dani,
    I apologize for the confusion and the inconvenience. We had some version control issues with the store and hope to have the pricing fixed in international stores ASAP.

  14. Tony

    I am upset that this trivial update is a full major release requiring a paid purchase. It’s only been 10 months since the last major release!

    I just got off the phone with support for VMware Workstation. The [Indian] man agreed that the new features only warrant a new version number of 8.1 or 8.5, but he commented that he doesn’t make the rules. His supervisor, and that guy’s manager wouldn’t help me upgrade my 4 month old licenses for less than $100.

    It’s the most insignificant upgrade in Workstation history (view the release notes), but is the highest cost upgrade ever ($119). Historically, VMware has released paid upgrades every two years. It’s been less than a year since 8.0 was released.

    VERY greedy!!! I will seriously consider Microsoft’s virtualization from now on.

  15. tulino

    vmware workstation 9 build 812388 has bug can’t find bug tracker so that i post here…

    1. removed vmware workstation 8 build 8.04 744019
    2. installed vmware workstation 9 build 812388
    3. upgraded to vm hardware to version 9

    for e.g.
    virtual network editor -> removed all networks and add 1 custom network bridged on nic adapter 1 after saving and closing even rebooting does not work…
    the VM is always set to custom vmnet0 i cannot choose my bridged custom vmnet even i choose it it still reverts to vmnet0

    but in version 8 i don’t have any problems… thanks…

  16. Laurence Brevard

    Purchased Workstation 8 upgrade on July 20, 2012, but only received the keys on July 22. Workstation 7 was purchased as full product in July 2010.

    Workstation 9 released on August 23, 2012 – less than a year after Workstation 8 and just barely over 30 days from my previous purchase.

    Now they want me to spend another $119 to upgrade.

    I am a customer for Workstation and just now buying Fusion. I am also about to purchase vSphere and they pull this nonsense. We also bought 3 more upgrades to 8 for a company where I’m consulting as the director of engineering.

    I think there are too many MBAs working at VMware now.


    1. Laurence Brevard

      Perhaps because of this posting (he never would say) some weasel from VMware actually called me yesterday. Basically to tell me to SUCK IT UP. I ended up hanging up on the jerk.

      I had already managed to get a coupon for 1/2 price upgrade to Workstation 9 (one system only) via my distributor. That was the most they were willing to offer us even though we bought 4 upgrades – 1 for my company and 3 for a client of mine on July 20.

      We have just bought a copy of Fusion 5 anyway and we need to buy a vSphere license in about a month but I really hate being treated like this.

      I’ve been a loyal customer and evangelist to others for over ten years. The product marketing slime balls are doing a really good job of destroying that.

  17. Daniel

    This is ridiculous. I bought Vmware Workstation 8 so that I could use it primarily on Ubuntu. I upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04, and it won’t work… I think it will work soon…. 4 or 5 months later….. still doesn’t work. Now I know why, because they were busy on this. Not going to pay 100+ bucks for an incremental update when you clearly aren’t going to support your products. Virtual box of KVM is in my future. I didn’t mind paying a premium for a product that I felt was better, but if they aren’t going to support it, it isn’t worth it.

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