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VMware unveils new version of VMware Workstation

New version of VMware Workstation software includes Windows 8 support

VMware unveils new version of VMware Workstation
The new version of Workstation includes more functions to aid technical staff.

VMware has released the latest version of its personal virtualisation software, VMware Workstation 9.

The new VMware Workstation 9 has been designed to enhanced the capabilities of the software which enables technology professionals to work with multiple virtual machines each running its own operating system on a single physical machine or in the cloud, running simultaneously with the physical machine.

The new version includes compatibility with Windows 8, including support to multi-touch; a new web interface that allows access to virtual machines running in Workstation or on VMware vSphere from a wide range of mobile devices and platforms, and the ability to configure restricted virtual machines that will prevent users from dragging and dropping files between virtual and physical desktops, attaching devices, or tampering with the virtual machine settings.

VMware Workstation 9 also offers faster startup performance, USB 3.0 support for Windows 8 virtual machines, Intel Ivy Bridge compatibility, more powerful virtualization extensions, virtual performance counters, support for OpenGL 2.1 on Linux and improved 3D graphics performance.

"For over a decade we have consistently delivered innovative new technologies with each Workstation release and Workstation 9 continues this tradition," said Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, End-User Computing, VMware. "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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