VMware Workstation 11 Released

VMware Workstation 11 was released yesterday.

What's New

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.
  • Workstation 11 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

Unity improvements for Windows 8.1 virtual machines

Allocate up to 2GB video memory to a virtual machine

Improvements for high DPI displays

Workstation 11 has been optimized to support higher resolution displays such as the new QHD+ (3200×1800) displays used in laptops and x86 tablets.

Integration with VMware vCloud Air virtual private cloud 
You can now extend and scale your virtual machines in the external cloud by connecting to vCloud Air and uploading, running, and viewing virtual machines from the Workstation 11 interface.

Boot virtual machines with EFI support

Create desktop shortcuts for virtual machines

see the release notes here: https://www.vmware.com/support/ws/doc/workstation-11-release-notes.html

Download here: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/info?slug=desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_workstation/11_0

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