VMware Workstation 11 Beta & Expected Release Date

vmware workstation 11 release date

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.

VMware is expected to release Workstation 11 in December, 2014.- Expected Workstation 11 Release Date

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.

  1. November 9, 2014


    fix the gamma problem with all source engine game and many 3D applications (used to work with older versions)

  2. October 18, 2014


    FULL 3-D acceleration (using dedicated graphics cards) for the latest Linux Ubuntu distros

    I would love to have a small solution for home users that allowed us to run a cluster in two or more computers (virtualized through windows hosts), somehow that I could shutdown or standby some of my servers and their load would be transferred automatically to the leftover server that would still be on.
    The main goal is to save energy and resources from my computers. I have several computers but there is only one that I leave on 24/7 and is a windows 8 core i7 tablet pc with virtualbox machine. I use teleportation.. but would love to have my computing resources better used. You could get a huge emerging market if you brought clustering to home users and small businesses. I would really buy your software if you had it. As a home user and as a IT manager.

    Maybe you already have this feature. I never have tried (ESX). But maybe this is a starting point.. You would just need to improve it to support 3D graphics cards and design some plugin to your software so it could delay standby/shutdown/restart of the host until the cluster data is properly transferred to the other servers..

  3. October 7, 2014

    Sumeet Deshpande

    I would like to have a feature added in Workstation 11 that is creating a template of WIndows OS which can be used as a master image to deploy virtual machines

  4. September 30, 2014


    UEFI boot + USB boot

  5. September 27, 2014


    Two answers for those who seek them…
    virtual switch function… isn’t that the same as the “Virtual Network option”?

    UEFI support is there all ready (search for “vmware unlocker”…

  6. September 25, 2014


    easier adaption to new Linux kernels 3.16, 3.17, 3.18, … on the host side

  7. August 1, 2014

    Erik Kaufmann

    I would like to see a possibility to customize the workstation templates or make one. Also better support for UEFI boot.

  8. June 23, 2014

    zhi yuan

    virtual switch function

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