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.