VMware Workstation is one of the best desktop virtualization software which enables a computer to emulate a standalone working environment of the operating system and work with it as with the conventional system. Using this software you run multiple operating systems, simultaneously, on a single PC , but with somewhat slower speeds. You’re not restricted to Windows-based operating systems, either.
The benefit of this software is the ability to test various software under various operating systems on a single desktop, without adversely harm the current system. It can make life easier for developers to develop and test cross-platform applications and lovers to work with new applications or OS.
Benefits of VMware Workstation:
- Run applications in Windows, Linux, and more at the same time without rebooting.
- Remotely access virtual machines running on VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter.
- Build virtual machines locally and then drag and drop to upload directly to VMware vSphere.
- Run as a server to host applications for your team, department or organization.
- Build and demo complex multi-tier applications on a PC in a repeatable, reliable manner.
Few days back, VMware released Workstation 8 final within hours of Microsoft releasing a developer preview of Windows 8.VMware Workstation 8 brings a lot of new features and enhancements to the table. And it worked great with Windows 8 developer preview!
The below video highlights the key new features of VMware Workstation 8.
Find about the detailed what’s new in VMware workstation 8 here.
Download VMware Workstation 8 For Windows & Linux:
First of all, you have to note that VMware Workstation is not free. However, you can try VMware Workstation 8 free for 30 Days. To do this, you need to register on VMware site to get a product key from VMware. This is a little bit annoying, but worth it (and definitely better than paying $199.99 for a license just to check out software).
Note: Workstation INSTALLED on Windows 8 requires a slight configuration change in order to run virtual machines.
After installing Workstation 8 on Windows 8 you can do any one of the following:
- 1. Add your user to the to __vmware__ group
- 2. Run Workstation 8 in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP3 – (right click on the desktop icon, click on Properties, select the compatibility tab and check the compatibility mode box)
- 3. Run Workstation 8 as an administrator – (right click on the desktop icon and select Run as Administrator)
When you download Workstation 8 as a trial it also installs VMware Player 4.0, a free virtual machine software from the same company which also supports windows 8 (Actual version on VMware Homepage is 3.1.4 which is no good for this).
If you don’t like VMware, you can also download VirtualBox, a free Open Source virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.