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Editors' Review

VMware Player lets users run multiple operating systems on one computer. Do you have to run Windows for work but prefer Linux for pleasure? Not a problem!

The program is plain and intuitive, with a wizard design that walks you through each step of the virtual machine creation process. The opening menu lets you select whether you want to create a new virtual machine, open an existing virtual machine, upgrade to VMware Workstation, or view the program's HTML Help file. We chose to create a new virtual machine, and the program asked us to choose whether we were using an installation disk, using a disk image, or installing the operating system later. You can select whether you're installing Windows, Linux, Novell NetWare, Sun Solaris, or another operating system, and choose the correct version from a drop-down menu. You are then asked to choose a name and location for the virtual machine and to set its maximum size. Click Finish and the program goes to work creating your virtual machine. VMware Player is very easy to use, even for novices, and the HTML Help file is well-written and thorough. The program may not be as full-featured as some other virtual machine applications, but it should meet the needs of most users, especially those who don't want to have to purchase software.

VMware Player installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.0

This release of VMware Player adds the following new features and support.

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
  • General

    Publisher VMware
    Publisher web site http://www.vmware.com/mac
    Release Date June 19, 2015
    Date Added June 19, 2015
    Version 7.0

    Category

    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory System Utilities

    Operating Systems

    Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
    Additional Requirements None

    Download Information

    File Size Not Available
    File Name External File

    Popularity

    Total Downloads 321,145
    Downloads Last Week 98

    Pricing

    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free
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