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VMware today announced VMware Workstation 9, the latest version of its personal virtualisation software, featuring Windows 8 support and a range of new functions.

VMware Workstation 9 delivers best-in-class Windows 8 support and innovative new features that transform the way technical professionals work with virtual machines whether they reside on the PC or on enterprise private clouds.

‚”For over a decade we have consistently delivered innovative new technologies with each Workstation release and Workstation 9 continues this tradition,‚” said Ian Jansen van Rensburg, systems engineering manager, Southern Africa, VMware. ‚”Workstation 9 brings the power of VMware virtualization to any IT professional desk andenables them to leverage the latest evolution of operating systems, processors and other technologies to be more productive and effective.‚”

Key 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.

Pricing and Availability VMware Workstation 9 is currently available for purchase for $249. Upgrades from VMware Workstation 7.x and 8.x are available for$119. VMware customers who have purchased VMware Workstation 8 between Aug. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2012 are eligible for a complimentary electronic upgrade to VMware Workstation 9. For more details on VMware’s complimentary electronic upgrade program please go here.

Workstation can also be purchased through VMware’s network of resellers and distributors. Download a free trial here.

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