A virtual machine is a computer defined in software. It’s like running a PC on your PC. This free desktop virtualization software application makes it easy to operate any virtual machine created by VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Server or VMware ESX, as well as Microsoft Virtual Server virtual machines or Microsoft Virtual PC virtual machines.

  • Run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC.
  • Experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles.
  • Share data between host computer and virtual machine.
  • Run 32- and 64-bit virtual machines.
  • Leverage 2-way Virtual SMP.
  • Use 3rd-party virtual machines and images.
  • Share data between host computer and virtual machine.
  • Broad host and guest operating system support.
  • Support for USB 2.0 devices.
  • Get appliance info at start-up.
  • Gain easy access to virtual machines via intuitive home page interface.

The following updates have been undertaken in this version of VMware Player:

  • # New Operating System Support.
  • * Support has been added for the following guest operating systems:
  • > Windows 8.1 Update.
  • > Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • > Windows 10 Technical Preview (Experimental support).
  • > Ubuntu 14.10.
  • > Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.
  • > CentOS 7.
  • > OpenSUSE 13.2.
  • > SUSE Linux Enterprise 12.
  • # VMware Hardware Version 11.
  • * Hardware versions introduce new virtual hardware functionality and new features while enabling VMware to run legacy operating systems in virtual machines. New features included in this hardware version:
  • * New CPU enablement, including Intel Haswell microarchitecture extension support.
  • > VMware Player 7 is optimized to take advantage of new Haswell extensions, delivering up to 45% improvement in CPU-intensive operations like multimedia, encryption/decryption, and other strenuous performance tests.
  • > Updated xHCI controller.
  • > Updated NDIS drive.
  • # Allocate up to 2GB video memory to a virtual machine.

VMware Player is available to download form FileHippo.com, today.

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