VMware Workstation 12 and Player 12 released with full Windows 10 support

Posted by Paul Braren on Aug 26 2015 (updated on Aug 27 2015) in
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  • VMware has a track record of releasing a compatibile version of VMware Workstation soon after every major release of Windows. This year was no exception, just one month after Windows 10 became widely available.

    It's the last time too, with all future Windows releases delivered as incremental upgrades of Windows 10. It will be interesting to see how often future releases of VMware Workstation arrive.

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    I will soon be testing Workstation 12 extensively on my SuperServer Workstation's 2TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD with Windows 10 Pro, and on the go, that same SSD in my laptop. I use Workstation for access to my encrypted work VM that's based on Windows 7 Pro, giving it triple monitor support. That's something that RDP to a Windows 7 VM can't do (Microsoft restriction). Of course, I also love the ability to do snapshots easily, at any time, and easily move VMs into and out of ESXi 6.0.0b.

    VMware Workstation 12 Pro Release Notes, here's some excerpts of most interest to me:

    VMware Workstation 12 Pro | 24 AUG 2015 | Build 2985596
    Last updated: 24 AUG 2015

    Full support of Windows 10
    VMware Workstation Pro provides the following support for Windows 10:
    Run Windows 10 as a virtual machine
    Run Windows 10 as a host operating system
    Windows 10 Auto Detect and Easy Install
    Unity support for Windows 10
    Migrate Windows 10 PC to a virtual machine
    Performance improvements for suspending and resuming encrypted virtual machines

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    Support 4K monitors with high resolution UI
    Support for multiple monitors with different DPI settings

    If you aren't sure if you need Workstation or Player, read:

    If you're on a Mac, or you have a Mac that you dual boot between OS X and Windows 10, then VMware Fusion 8 is a great way to go, with Windows 10 bootcamp drivers now out.

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    Note that anything 2011 or older isn't listed, such as my family's beloved MacZilla.

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