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VMware Workstation Technology Preview May 2014

The VMware Workstation team is providing public access to the VMware Workstation Technology Preview to gather feedback from users on a wide range of hardware and software configurations. The VMware Workstation Technology Preview includes changes to the core virtualization engine and new capabilities we are exploring.

VMware Workstation Technology Preview May 2014

We would appreciate feedback in the following areas:

  • New OS support including the latest versions of Windows, Ubuntu, Fedora, RHEL and OpenSUSE
  • VMware Hardware Version 11 including improved CPU support and upgraded USB 3.0 controller
  • Graphics memory configuration per virtual machine
  • Windows 8 Unity mode improvements
  • Create and boot virtual machine with EFI

The VMware Workstation Technology Preview May 2014 is available to download HERE via our VMware Workstation Community.

We really appreciate your help in testing this software. Please post all of your feedback in the VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2014 communities forum.  Our Developers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Support Teams, Technical Writers, Product Marketing and Product Managers are all actively involved in the forums to ensure that your suggestions and comments get our attention.

Thank you!

The VMware Workstation Team

Survived Microsoft XP end of support for now.

Well, it has been exactly one month since Microsoft ended XP support on April 8th, and no XPocalypse yet.

Granted there have been a few recent nasty global security exploits, like Heartbleed and the recent zero day vulnerability in Microsoft IE that caused Microsoft to issue a special XP IE patch even though they stopped supporting XP on April 8th. Actually I was surprised to see the patch pop up on my XP build considering support officially ended.

XP EOL Support and IE Patch for Zero Day

Moving off of Windows XP is not easy for companies that have those critical legacy software applications or special devices still requiring them to stay on Windows XP for a little while longer. Having worked in IT and the computer hardware industry for many years, I understand making the transition from these legacy systems or applications takes extra time and resources, which IT most definitely doesn’t have.

However if you are keeping XP around a little longer for those critical applications or need extra time before you make the move, you can continue running your key Windows XP applications in a virtual environment with VMware Workstation and make the most of your Windows XP investment.

XP VM running Win 8 on Vmware Workstation

Running Windows XP in VMware Workstation as a virtual machine allows you to reduce XP vulnerabilities by isolating and controlling more of your Windows XP environment. Because virtual machines are containerized, you can turn off features like shared folders, drag-and-drop, copy-and-paste, networking, and USB access to reduce Windows XP vulnerabilities. In addition you get forward compatibility, so you can run Windows XP on modern PC hardware.

Click HERE to learn more about virtualizing Windows XP.