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August 24, 2012

VMware’s new Workstation 9 supports Windows 8

The new release includes a Web interface that allows access to virtual machines running in Workstation or on VMware vSphere from tablets, smart phones, laptops or desktop PCs

By CBR Staff Writer

Virtualisation and cloud infrastructure firm VMware has introduced the new version of its personal virtualisation software, VMware Workstation 9.

The new release delivers enhanced Windows 8 support to simplify the task of creating virtual machines for Windows 8 that can run simultaneously with several legacy operating systems. The unity mode intelligently works with Windows 8 applications and multi-touch support ensures a true Windows 8 experience.

VMware Workstation 9 includes new features that transits the work style of the technical professionals with virtual machines whether they are on the PC or on enterprise private clouds.

The new release also offers USB 3.0 support for Windows 8 virtual machines, Intel Ivy Bridge compatibility, enhanced virtualisation extensions, virtual performance counters, support for OpenGL 2.1 on Linux and improved 3D graphics performance.

Workstation 9 comes with new Web interface, which allows access to virtual machines running in Workstation or on VMware vSphere from tablets, smart phones, laptops or desktop PCs. The Web interface doesn’t require flash or browser-based plug-ins.

VMware’s new personal virtualisation software will help IT administrators and instructors create virtual machines and configure them to prevent employees or students from dragging and dropping files between virtual and physical desktops, attaching devices or tampering with the virtual machine settings.

Then the restricted virtual machines can be encrypted and distributed to run on Mac, Windows, or Linux PCs with VMware Fusion®5 Professional, Workstation 9, or VMware Player 5.

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VMware End-User Computing vice president Vittorio Viarengo said: "Workstation 9 brings the power of VMware virtualization to any IT professional desk and enables them to leverage the latest evolution of operating systems, processors and other technologies to be more productive and effective."

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