VMware Workstation 12.5

Revolutionary development environment where you can also demonstrate ideas

  • Vote:
    5.9 (158)
  • Category:

    Operating Systems

  • Version:

    12.5

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows 2000

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Trial version

VMware Workstation enables users to access virtual machines from their personal computer without needing to physically access the computer. This allows for a wide range of cloud applications since users are free to connect to any remote workstation that enables a remote connection. This can be advantageous for users who want to access their work desktops from home or work on a server remotely. The software supports many operating systems that include Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows 8. Additionally, the software is compatible with 64-bit operating systems.

Wide Range of Users

VMware Workstation can be appropriate both for experienced and casual users alike. Businesses can use the software to allow their employees to work from home or collaborate remotely from around the world. Enterprises both large and small can therefore have access to these resources without needing to pay large amounts of money for these services. There have been millions of VMware users around the world since the software was originally released in 1999. Since then, the software has been routinely updated to support some of the latest advancements in cloud visualization technologies.

Shared Machines

When collaborating, a nice extra feature of VMware workstation is the ability to share machines. Sharing-enabled machines can have multiple simultaneous users to make it easier to collaborate. When using this mode, users can see both mice and control different screen elements independently. For example, one users could work use Excel on one side of the screen while the other user interacts with Word on the opposite side. Combined with cloud communications, this software can therefore enable users to effectively collaborate around the world.

Security

When this software was created, the developers were careful to include a wide range of security features. VMware Workstation supports encrypted VPN's so that users can be assured that their communications are safe and will not be intercepted by others. Additionally, users can dedicate specific ports to the software itself to prevent conflicts or packet sniffing. After being away for longer than the designated time, VMware Workstation can automatically log the user out. Since security concerns are often critical when working in the cloud, these features can give users extra peace-of-mind.

Many Operating Systems

Another great advantage of this latest iteration of VMware Workstation is that it supports many different operating systems. Most Windows systems, Linux, and even OS X is supported. Without needing to worry about operating system compatibility, users are free to deploy the software on almost any system around the world. As part of this functionality, the program is capable of automatically interacting with the operating system on the user's behalf to make usage easier.

Pros

  • Security features keep users safe.
  • Shared virtual machines for collaboration.
  • Easy to use both for experienced and inexperienced users alike.
  • Many operating systems supported.

Cons

  • Shared sessions must have the same language.
  • Latency issues unfortunately arise with internet communications.
  • Somewhat expensive for the full version.

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