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VMware Workstation 12 Now Available Worldwide!

We’re pleased and excited to announce the worldwide General Availability of VMware Workstation 12 Pro & VMware Workstation 12 Player.

VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player

VMware Workstation 12 Pro

With support for the brand new release of Windows 10 and the latest Linux distribution, VMware Workstation 12 Pro transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.

Key New Features in Workstation 12 Pro Include:

  • Built for Windows 10 and More – VMware Workstation 12 Pro enables IT professionals and developers to test and develop for Windows 10 with their existing Windows or Linux PC. Users can take advantage of the latest features in Windows 10 like Cortana, the personal digital assistant and the inking capabilities in the new Edge web browser, or begin building universal applications for Windows 10 devices

Workstation 12 Pro Win 10 VM - Suface Pro 3 - Cortana and Edge Inking Test

  • Enhanced Graphics Engine – With support for Microsoft DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, VMware Workstation 12 Pro enables and expands the type of 3-D graphics applications that can run inside a virtual machine.

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  • Improved Performance – VMware Workstation 12 Pro offers performance improvements that enhance productivity and the user experience. With performance improvements of up to 3x when suspending or resuming encrypted virtual machines, up to 36 percent faster 3-D graphics, and improved echo and noise cancelation when using Skype and Lync VoIP calls within a VM – highly demanding applications can be faster and more efficient than ever before.
  • Ready for the Latest PCs and Tablets – VMware Workstation 12 Pro has been optimized to support high resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) displays for desktops and QHD+ (3200×1800) displays used in laptops and x86 tablets providing users with a crisp and detailed experience. Workstation 12 Pro also benefits from improvements in handling mixed environments between standard resolution PCs and 4K displays.
  • VMware vCloud® Air™ Incentive Program – To help users get familiar with the benefits of cloud computing, VMware Workstation 12 Pro customers are eligible to receive $600 in vCloud Air service credit to use for up to 6 months – twice the standard VMware vCloud Air sign-up offer.

In addition, Workstation 12 Pro includes many other great enhancements including: Auto suspend virtual machines upon host shutdown, Tear away tabs, Improved vCloud Air Integration (Workstation Pro on Windows only), Power operation on remote virtual machines (Now 1 step process), Support IPv6 NAT network, Added NAT network configuration in Virtual Network Editor on Linux hosts, Echo cancellation for voice and video call with Microsoft Lync and Skype, Added USB 3.0 support to Windows 7 virtual machine, New standard installer, and Respect left-handed mouse setting on Windows host.

Read the VMware Workstation 12 Pro Release Notes for a complete list of new features and updates.

VMware Workstation 12 Player

VMware Workstation 12 Player™ (formerly known as VMware Player Pro) is a streamlined offering of VMware Workstation 12 Pro that is ready for Windows 10, offers enhanced 3-D graphics support and improved virtual machine performance. With its intuitive interface and easy setup, VMware Workstation 12 Player is another option for IT professionals to deliver a corporate virtual desktop to employees, contractors or customers.

  • Enhanced Operating System Compatibility – VMware 12 Player will run on the latest release of Windows including Windows 10 and will support prevalent operating systems like Windows XP and Windows 7 in a virtual environment so users can continue to run legacy applications as long as they need.
  • Greater Hardware Compatibility – VMware 12 Player will be optimized to run on today’s modern hardware including the latest PC laptops and high-resolution tablets including 4K displays.
  • Updated VMware Compatibility – VMware Workstation 12 Player will be able to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation 12 Pro or VMware Fusion 8 Pro. Restricted virtual machines secure corporate desktops with encryption, runtime password protection, USB access restriction, isolation between the host and guest OS, and time limitation.

So why the name change from VMware Player Pro to Workstation Player?  Player is an integral part of the Workstation product, so we chose to rebrand it with the goal of having one brand to represent Windows and Linux desktop virtualization as opposed to two (Workstation & Player). Workstation Player becomes an edition of the Workstation family with lesser capability and a simpler interface than its big brother Workstation Pro. This change streamlines our brands and makes it easier for our customers to understand better what we sell: the Workstation brand for desktop virtualization on Windows and Linux PCs, the Fusion brand for desktop virtualization on Macs.

Read the VMware Workstation 12 Player Release Notes for a complete list of new features and updates

New System Requirements

While 32 bit operating systems are supported inside virtual machines, VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player require 64 bit processor and 64 bit host operating systems for advanced computing and enhanced performance.

Availability and Pricing

VMware Workstation 12 Pro and VMware Workstation 12 Player are available for purchase immediately for $249.99 and $149.99 respectively.

VMware Workstation 10 and 11 customers can upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 Pro for $149.99. VMware Player 6 Plus and Player 7 Pro customers can upgrade to Workstation 12 Player for $79.99.

Customers who purchased VMware Workstation 11 and VMware Player 7 Plus between July 29, 2015 and September 30, 2015 will receive a free electronic upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 and VMware Workstation 12 Player respectively. For more details, visit the upgrade page.

 

We hope you enjoy using VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player as much as we enjoyed creating it.

– The VMware Workstation Team

18 thoughts on “VMware Workstation 12 Now Available Worldwide!

  1. Gis Bun

    Another version? Version 11 hasn’t even been out for a year….

    1. D.K

      WS 11 was released in Dec, 2014!

      TOO MUCH, TOO SOON +1

      🙁

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  3. MrT

    VMware Workstation 12 Pro and VMware Workstation 12 Player are available for purchase immediately for $249.99 and $149.99 respectively.

    VMware Workstation 10 and 11 customers can upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 Pro for $149.99. VMware Player 6 Plus and Player 7 Pro customers can upgrade to Workstation 12 Player for $79.99.

    Not a very good incentive to upgrade. VM Pro 12 Purchase for 149.99 or upgrade your VM 11 to 12 for 149.99
    You should treat existing customers better.

    1. HRCWS

      >> Not a very good incentive to upgrade. VM Pro 12 Purchase for 149.99 or upgrade your VM 11 to 12 for 149.99
      >> You should treat existing customers better.

      I think you are getting confused between Pro and Player. You may want to reread that info. Here…

      Purchase price
      VMware Workstation 12 Pro $249.99
      VMware Workstation 12 Player $149.99

      Upgrade price
      VMware Workstation 12 Pro $149.99
      VMware Workstation 12 Player $79.99

      Upgrade on pro is $100 cheaper that purchasing it and player is $70 cheaper.

  4. TooExpensive

    Why VMware – version 11 has not been out a year and you want another 150.00 to upgrade? Are you kidding me? What – then less than a year from now you will want another 150.00 or more for version 13? No thanks, your recurring revenue from me ends here.

    Seriously, I’m done – I love VMware Workstation, but not at these prices – will be switching to Hyper-V on Windows 10 Pro for free or Linux based virtualization.

    Honestly – you should really treat your existing customers better – 69.00 – 79.00 for an upgrade would have been acceptable for me personally – but 150.00 is out of the question, especially when I just spend 150.00 less than a year ago for 11.

    Goodbye.

  5. TC

    I bought VMWare Workstation 11 for about few months ago. Now I have to pay $150 to upgrade to version 12. This is outrageous. 🙁

  6. Tor Bruheim

    You are really greedy and should be ashamed of yourself to ask for money only a few month after an upgrade. I promise you that I will newer newer newer upgrade and you lost me as a customer. Farewell VMware. I am done with you greedy folks.

  7. gasongasoff

    YOU GUYS ARE A BUNCH OF A-HOLES. I PAID $150 FOR VERSION 11 JUST 7 MONTHS AGO, AND NOW I HAVE TO PAY ANOTHER $150? 1) $150 IS AN OUTRAGEOUS PRICE TO UPGRADE DESKTOP SOFTWARE THAT HASN’T EVEN BEEN OUT 1 YEAR. 2) FOR PEOPLE WHO BOUGHT IN 2015, THIS SHOULD BE A FREE UPGRADE ANYWAY. THIS IS SUCH A SLAP IN THE FACE TO YOUR USERS. AND YOU WONDER WHY PEOPLE PIRATE YOUR SH_T ON TORRENT???? WHOEVER MADE THIS DECISION IN MANAGEMENT SHOULD BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY. AND THE EXECUTIVES WHO HIRED THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS ASININE DECISION SHOULD ALSO BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLASH THAT DESTROYS YOUR POORLY RUN COMPANY. AND I CAN’T WAIT TO FUEL THE FIRE. IF YOU’RE READING THIS, BETTER UPDATE YOUR LINKEDIN ACCOUNT. WRITING’S ON THE WALL, MY FRIENDS.

  8. antrillion

    I can only agree with the previous posters. This is ridiculous. You should offer this as a free upgrade, you barely just released version 11, and now you want to charge me another $150 for version 12. (And the same thing happened with version 10 to version 11). No thank you… I think we’ll be switching to Hyper-V as well.

  9. JR

    The upgrade pricing for WS12 has been really bothering me ever since I saw it last Thursday. I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels offended by both the increasing upgrade prices and the fact that the last upgrade was only 8-9 months ago. Why not charge $150 for the 10 to 12 upgrade and $75 for the 11 to 12 upgrade or something more reasonable at least? Regardless… too much, too soon. Time to look into other options.

  10. 3er

    This is a joke. $150 for an upgrade of product that is on the market for period less than a year? And there is no really any benefits visible. Windows 10 is working on VM11 Pro as well. Performance is ok. No money from me and 10 licenses will stay in VM11.

  11. RL

    I must echo the above sentiments. Another upgrade 9 months after the Dec general availability of 11? You have got to be kidding me, that really is taking the p***.

  12. CM

    Agree with many of the comments already made. Last December when I upgraded 10 to 1`1 it was 79euros, now 11 to 12 is 123euros – a 55% increase

  13. RM

    Agree completely with other posters. $150 every single year is just too much. We should at least get 3 years out of that. If I pay $250 for this product as a new license that should be good for at least 3 years of updates. Way too greedy. Compare to Office 3675 for example, $150 a year gets me hosted services, terabytes of storage, desktop office software for 5 PCs, literally loads of stuff. WIth VMWare, that same $150 gives me VMware workstation. One desktop product for 1 PC, no services. Awful.

    You guys are killing us. I won’t be upgrading our company to 12. We will make do with 11 for as long we can. You can’t treat your users like this.

  14. FRankB

    I bought workstation 11 upgrade end of february and now I get a 150€ fine to upgrade to v12 ?
    RIPOFF!

  15. Rod Grant

    Just to add another voice to the pricing model. Too much for what should be a free point upgrade,

  16. KR

    Two months….I miss the free upgrade by two months. No way am I paying $150 after just paying for WS11. Not happy at all with this. I use VBox and Xen as well, VMWare needs to realize that we actually help promote (or not) products in our jobs and a move like this does not help. Workstation and player should not cost this much, they help promote the far more expensive enterprise line but not if you decide to rip off your users and supporters. I always loved your product, Started with Workstation 3. Even went with Fusion 1.0 instead of the better established Parallels at the time. It seems at some point you have made a wrong turn. 🙁

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