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Workstation 12.5 Announced!

We’ve been holding in the surprise for some time now but on the keynote stage today at VMworld, Sanjay Poonan, EVP of our End user Computing business unit where Fusion and Workstation are situated, pulled the covers back and revealed the details about our big annual release.

This year we are delivering 2 updates to the Workstation product family: Workstation 12.5 Pro and Workstation 12.5 Player, and the big surprise is this: It’s a free upgrade for all current-version customers.  So, if you’re on Workstation 12.5, you’re going to be able to upgrade to the latest version with full support for Windows 10 Anniversary edition, for free. We’ll also be adding Windows Server 2016 support when it comes available.

This is an exciting release for us because it marks the first time that we have provided a yearly update for no additional cost to current-version customers. We’ve been holding the surprise in for some time, so we’re very excited to finally share this with the world.

We’ve also changed how users can upgrade to the latest release. Users are eligible for upgrade pricing going back to Workstation 7. So, if you have an old Workstation license and haven’t upgraded in a few years, there’s never been a better time to upgrade!

This also marks the announcement of Fusion 8.5 and Fusion 8.5 Pro which you can read more about here.

23 thoughts on “Workstation 12.5 Announced!

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  2. Dave G

    I’m one of your customers who stopped upgrading over the last few cycles due to lack of benefit per cost.

    I like the direction this is heading and very well might just consider upgrading to 12.5.

    The key feature improvement I’m looking for is support for GPU acceleration beyond DX9. This is a ‘killer app’ for me. I understand the difficulties involved, but I’d happily pay a fairly substantial price to get DX12 support in a VM.

    1. Dave G

      To clarify what I stated above, which wasn’t 100% accurate (apparently WS12 supports some form of ‘gimped’ DX11): I need GPU pass-through, where I can install the nvidia video driver in the guest and gain full NVAPI access to the GPU for my apps to run correctly. Yes, this is type-1 functionality in a type-2 VM, but I’m seriously contemplating ditching VMWare completely and going to one of the great Linux Type-1 hosts that support gpu-passthrough for this very reason. It’s too bad, VMWare should be able to achieve gpu pass-through with the technologies they have assembled.

      FYI, from what I can tell, Workstation 12’s guest video driver claims it’s DX11, but the capability bits show that it’s a sham. And my Autodesk CAD software agrees and refuses to run in hardware accelerated graphics mode. I.e. it requires DX11 but doesn’t work with VmWare’s “DX11” driver.

      If WS 12.5 just turns out to be just a “Windows 10 Anniversary Update” compatibility refresh, its just a sham and I’ll probably dump VMWare forever. It’s just not useful for doing the things I want to do any more. And adding VGPU remoting to VMWare’s other high-end server products is a total non-starter as well.

      My departure is probably likely since people would happily pay good money for a GPU pass-through solution, but “free upgrades” are usually worth what you pay for them (looking at you, Microsoft). I expect this to be just yet another PR sham.

      Keeping my finders crossed but expecting to be disappointed. Again.

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  6. Dave G

    To clarify what I stated above, which wasn’t 100% accurate (apparently WS12 supports some form of ‘gimped’ DX11): I need GPU pass-through, where I can install the nvidia video driver in the guest and gain full NVAPI access to the GPU for my apps to run correctly. Yes, this is type-1 functionality in a type-2 VM, but I’m seriously contemplating ditching VMWare completely and going to one of the great Linux Type-1 hosts that support gpu-passthrough for this very reason. It’s too bad, VMWare should be able to achieve gpu pass-through with the technologies they have assembled.

    FYI, from what I can tell, Workstation 12’s guest video driver claims it’s DX11, but the capability bits show that it’s a sham. And my Autodesk CAD software agrees and refuses to run in hardware accelerated graphics mode. I.e. it requires DX11 but doesn’t work with VmWare’s “DX11” driver.

    If WS 12.5 just turns out to be just a “Windows 10 Anniversary Update” compatibility refresh, its just a sham and I’ll probably dump VMWare forever. It’s just not useful for doing the things I want to do any more. And adding VGPU remoting to VMWare’s other high-end server products is a total non-starter as well.

    My departure is probably likely since people would happily pay good money for a GPU pass-through solution, but “free upgrades” are usually worth what you pay for them (looking at you, Microsoft). I expect this to be just yet another PR sham.

    Keeping my finders crossed but expecting to be disappointed. Again.

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  8. xps15

    I hope they fixed the sluggishness in VM’s. Vm’s running onmy xps 15 9550 are really sluggish with graphics and I have to downscale to lower resolutions to have some sort of workable vm.

  9. Simple

    It is September 9th and the update is not released yet.
    While, in fareness, VMware never really claimed the release would be on September 8th, they have not corrected the rumors either.
    I read somewhere that they don’t release product on time, any way!!

  10. BHansen

    VMware never said that it would be out on the 8th, but if you look at the blog for Fusion they say “We expect all 4 products (Fusion, Fusion Pro, Workstation Pro and Workstation Player) to release mid-September.”.
    So we don’t have to wait much longer.

  11. Jim

    My guess is that they will wait for Server 2016 to go RTM. it’s still at RC5, with formal release due at the end of September and the MS conference, so it’ll likely go RTM a couple of weeks previous. Hence, mid September.

  12. Simple

    I like Workstation Pro due to its reliability and I appreciate the team’s decision to release a reliable product rather than release “a product” then follow up with fixes.
    I also use VirtualBox for my car’s software. Apart from being updated few times weekly (if you follow the test builds), it is much faster than Workstation Pro when installing software, and I really mean faster.
    For some reason, file decompression is much slower on VMware Workstation Pro than on VirtualBox (about 6 times slower). I tried all suggested fine tunes, to no avail. I hope they will do something about the speed issue.

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