New features in VMware Workstation 9 include:
- Windows 8 Support–
Easy install simplifies the task of creating virtual machines for Windows 8
that can run simultaneously with a variety of legacy operating systems. Unity
mode intelligently works with Windows 8 applications, and multi-touch support
ensures a true Windows 8 experience.
- More Powerful
Virtual Machines – 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 make running highly demanding applications
simple and efficient.
- Increased Mobility – A new Web interface allows access to virtual machines running in Workstation or on VMware vSphere® from tablets, smart phones, laptops or desktop PCs. This high performance, Web-based interface delivers a native desktop experience and does not require flash or browser-based plug-ins.
- Restricted Virtual Machines – IT administrators and instructors can 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. Once restrictions are configured, the 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.