“VMware Workstation 12 Pro will work seamlessly with Windows 10, allowing developers and IT administrators to easily test for application compatibility prior to production deployments and enable maximum uptime and availability,” said Nicolas Rochard, director, product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware.
VMware Workstation 12 Pro enables IT professionals and developers to develop for Windows 10 with their existing Windows or Linux PC. Users can benefit from the latest features in Windows 10 like Cortana, the personal digital assistant and the inking capabilities in the new Edge web browser, or start building universal applications for Windows 10 devices.
VMware Workstation 12 Pro offers support for Microsoft DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, expanding the type of 3-D graphics applications that can run inside a virtual machine.
The company said VMware Workstation 12 Pro offers performance improvements of up to 3x when suspending or resuming encrypted virtual machines, up to 36 percent faster 3-D graphics, and improved echo and noise cancellation when using Skype and Lync VoIP calls within a VM.
The company has optimized the VMware Workstation 12 Pro to support 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) displays for desktops and QHD+ (3200×1800) displays used in laptops and x86 tablets. Workstation 12 Pro offers benefits such as improvements in handling mixed environments between standard resolution PCs and 4K displays.
VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player requires 64 bit processors and 64 bit host operating systems for advanced computing and modern application ecosystems.
There are interesting packages for enterprise customers. VMware Workstation 12 Pro customers are eligible to receive $600 in vCloud Air service credit to use for up to 6 months — twice the standard VMware vCloud Air sign-up offer.
VMware Workstation customers interested in managing virtual machines can upgrade to VMware Horizon FLEX.
The price of VMware Workstation 12 Pro is $249.99, while VMware Workstation 12 Player is priced at $149.99.
The company said VMware Workstation 10 and 11 customers can upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 Pro for $149.99. VMware Player 6 Plus and Player 7 Pro customers can upgrade to Workstation 12 Player for $79.99.
Customers who purchased VMware Workstation 11 and VMware Player 7 Plus between July 29, 2015 and September 30, 2015 will receive a free electronic upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 and VMware Workstation 12 Player respectively.