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Celebrate Earth Day and save on VMware Workstation

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Go green—consolidate your PCs into one with VMware Workstation 10

Virtualization is a green choice because the technology allows you to run multiple virtual machines on one physical computer. Reduce hardware and energy costs by consolidating your PCs with VMware Workstation, winner of more than 50 industry awards.

Make a green choice and save up to 20% on VMware Workstation 10:

  • Buy Workstation 10 and save 20% off Regular List Price
  • Upgrade to Workstation 10 and save 20% off Regular List Price

This offer begins on April 22, 2014, at 12:01 am Pacific Time and expires on April 24, 2014, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

VMware Workstation 10 and Player 6 Updates Now Available

VMware Workstation 10.0.2 Now Available

VMware Workstation 10.0.2 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Workstation 10.x customers. Read the Release Notes for more details.

VMware Player 6.0.2 Now Available

VMware Player 6.02 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Player 6.x customers. Read the Release Notes for more details.

How to get the updates

VMware Workstation 10 will prompt you to download the update the next time you run it. You can manually check for the update from the “Help” -> “Software Updates” menu item. Alternatively, you can download it from here.

VMware Player 6 will prompt you to download the update the next time you run it. You can manually check for the update from the “Player” -> “Help” -> “Software Updates” menu item. Alternatively, you can download it from here.

PLEASE NOTE: VMware Workstation 10 includes a copy of VMware Player 6 for commercial use.  If you have VMware Workstation 10 you do not need to download VMware Player 6 separately since it is included in the VMware Workstation 10 download.

Many thanks to the Workstation 10 and Player 6 customers reporting these issues to Workstation Support and discussing them with the VMware Workstation Community.

Windows XP EOL and the Road Ahead

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Well it is finally here, after 12 years Windows XP support officially ends today, April 8th, 2014.

I spent many great years using Windows XP, but as an ‘early adopter,’ I always personally upgraded to the latest Windows release on new hardware when it becomes available. However, in my professional life prior to VMware, I used Windows XP until late 2012 because it was still the corporate standard on laptops and desktops.

The main reason why I used Windows XP for work, even as recently as 2012, was that my employer was running a handful of Windows XP business-critical applications that could not be moved to a newer Windows OS. When it came time for a new computer I always had a few choice words to say when I received the latest laptop hardware at work, to only boot up to Windows XP because of those few critical legacy applications we still had to run.

My experience is pretty typical, even today, with Windows XP support ending. There are many businesses running critical business application on Windows XP that need more time before they can transition to a new Windows platform.

If you’re not ready to move from Windows XP or need more time before you make the move, you can continue running your critical Windows XP applications in a virtual environment.

Here is why virtualization with VMware Workstation 10 is a great option to consider as part of your Windows XP migration plan:

  • Get forward compatibility, so you can run Windows XP on modern hardware and software, including the latest Ultrabooks, Intel-based tablets, or the latest desktop workstation.
  • Isolating your Windows XP environment in a virtual machine will help reduce its vulnerability to security risks.
  • If your virtual machine ever becomes corrupted, you can use the Snapshot feature to roll back to a safe state.
  • Leverage Unity mode to run legacy Windows XP applications on a Windows PC while simultaneously running the latest operating systems like Windows 8.1.

Moving Windows XP to your new Windows or Linux machine is fast and easy with Workstation 10 built-in Migration Assistant Wizard, which takes you through the process step-by-step to create a virtual machine from a physical machine running Windows XP.

Click HERE to learn more about virtualizing Windows XP.

VMware Workstation 10 plans to Release the Retro Computer Support Pack

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In celebration of the great home computers of the 1970s and 1980s the VMware Workstation team is providing support for the Apple II, Atari 400/800, Commodore PET, Commodore VIC 20, Commodore 64, Radio Shack TRS-80, and the Sinclair Z80 home computers within a VMware virtual machine. Imagine showing your friends and family the classic computers, operating systems, and applications of the past all while running on today’s modern hardware.

After extensive late night R&D effort, a proprietary 8-bit microprocessor hypervisor was created to run inside our existing x86 64-bit hypervisor to give you the double hypervisor – It’s like a double rainbow but better. In addition to the retro computer support the development team created the data cassette tape drive to MP3 converter so you can listen to your favorite games still on cassette as they are loading into the virtual machine. For the well-off consumer crowd the team developed a 5.25″ floppy disk drive and acoustic coupled modem to USB interface.

The retro computer support pack is coming to VM near you in the future. Once the retro  support pack is released the Workstation team plans to work on the HAL 9000 and Skynet AI support pack.

Happy April 1st ; )