Updated October 1st, 2014 – VMware has just announced Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro! You can read up on all the features here on VMware.com and you’ll be able to get it in December once it’s released. And starting today, all orders of Workstation 10 and Player 7 Pro from VMware.com will include a free upgrade to version 11 once it’s released.
Updated September 15th, 2014: It’s that time of year again where we start getting closer to the launch of VMware Workstation 11. We’ve been talking to a few folks that work at VMware and it seems like this next release will be inline with previous releases; expect to see Workstation 11 sometime in the new few weeks, roughly a year after version 10.0 was released. Our best guess at the moment is that it should go on sale sometime between the last week of October or in the first week of November. If you’re interested in testing the beta, registration is expected to open up in early July. Once it’s available, you can signup and download the file/key from VMware’s beta page.
In terms of previous releases, below are the release dates for the last five product launches. The last four were roughly a year apart from each other, with version 6.0 had a two-year gap but also included a major dot-releases in-between.
- Workstation 10.0 – This is the latest version. It was released on September 3, 2013.
- Workstation 9.0 – Released August 23, 2012.
- Workstation 8.0 – Released September 14, 2011.
- Workstation 7.0 – Released October 26, 2009.
- Workstation 6.0 – Released May 9, 2007.
What did we see improved in version 10?
A number of new features have been added to version 10. Here’s a summary of what’s new:
- OS Support for Windows 8.1.
- New virtual hardware functionality, including 16 vCPUs, 8 Terabyte disks, Virtual SATA Disks, USB Improvements, More VMnets, and SSD Passthrough.
- Ability to now expire specific virtual machines on a certain date and time.
- Virtual Tablet Sensors (virtual GPS, Compass, Gyrometer, Accelerometer, Inclinometer, and Ambient Light).
- VMware converter that enables users to make Physical machines into virtual ones.
- New multiple monitor navigation for up to 6 monitors.
- Power Off Suspended Virtual Machines.
What do you want to see added or changed in Workstation 11?
Are you a current user of Workstation? Have ideas on potential enhancements or improvements? If so, leave your suggestions in the comments section below.