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Is VMware Workstation 9.0.0 out, or is their auto-update system in an identity crisis?

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/08/23

This morning, when starting VMware Workstation 8.0.4, it indicated that 9.0.0 was available.

No news on the VMware website (it still shows adverts for Workstation 8), nor on Wikipedia VMware Workstation page so is their auto-update system in an identity crisis or what?

Two links on VMware Workstation 9.0.0 Build 812388, but not sure if nsane is a good source of information. On the other hand, there is also news on the Bulgarian Kaldata about VMware Player 5.0.0 Build 812388.

Since VMware Player and Workstation share build numbers, and there has been a VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2012 for about 6 months, something could be in the midst of release in time zones where it is not yet 20120823.

VMware workstation checks https://softwareupdate.vmware.com/cds and https://ueip.vmware.com/, but I didn’t decrypt the traffic there yet.

Anyone with the latest official news on this?

Edit 20120823 0631UTC:

Two links I just found:

So yes, there was a temporary 2b || !2b crisis in the update service.

Edit 20120823 0711UTC:

Now it is 20120823 in California too, so now the VMware Workstation pages and VMware Workstation What”s new pages got updated and shows that VMware Workstation 9 is out.

This is the quote from the dialog on the right:

VMware Workstation 9 is now available!

VMware Workstation 9 delivers the best-in-class Windows 8 experience and many innovative new features that transform the way professionals work with virtual machines.

Key features in VMware Workstation 9:

• Windows 8 – Multi-touch support has been added and Easy Install, Unity and Windows key mappings have been enhanced to work with the new Windows 8 interface.

• Virtual Hardware Upgrades – Faster startup performance, USB 3.0 support, improved 3D graphics performance, OpenGL 2.1 for Linux, more powerful virtualization extensions, and virtual performance counters make up the most advanced virtualization platform ever!

• Web Interface – A new Web interface allows access to virtual machines running in Workstation or vSphere from tablets, smart phones, laptops or desktop PCs. This HTML5-based interface delivers a near native desktop experience without requiring plug-ins.

• Virtual Machine Restrictions – Virtual machines can require a password in order to change configuration settings in order to prevent users from over committing system resources, dragging and dropping files, sharing folders or attaching USB devices. Restricted virtual machines can be encrypted and distributed to run on Mac, Windows, or Linux PCs.

Click on “Get More Information” to learn about all of the new features in Workstation 9 and to purchase your upgrade today!

–jeroen

via: Buy VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation and More Virtualization Products.

One Response to “Is VMware Workstation 9.0.0 out, or is their auto-update system in an identity crisis?”

  1. I got the same popup about VMWare Fusion 5 – which is also not available ;)

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