VMware Player 3.0 is finally out and it’s loaded

I’m a bit late on this one but I could not let the opportunity to slip and congratulate VMware on the release of VMware Player 3.0 which brings useful new features to the table. It’s a well deserved upgrade for what I consider to be the least talked about member of the VMware family.

Previous releases as the name suggest could only play virtual machines made on other VMware products, the only significant setting the user could change was the memory allocation. With release 3.0 VMware Player gains (features I consider important) the capability to create virtual machines, install VMware Tools, edit existing virtual machine configurations and support for Windows 7/ Server 2008 R2. Clearly VMware is placing Player 3.0 as the first step towards a logical upgrade to the paid VMware Workstation.

New Features

  • Virtual Machine with Easy Install
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP Mode Compatible (you can import a XP mode vm)
  • 3D Graphics Improvements for Windows XP guests
  • Multiple-Monitor Display
  • Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA)
  • Drag and Drop Enhancements
  • On-Demand VMware Tools Download
  • Virtual Printing
  • VIX API for VMware Player

What’s not included among many things in VMware Player 3.0 are the capabilities to create snapshots, teams and record/replay just to name a few. It would not be wrong to assume that Player 3.0 is a mini-version of VMware Workstation. With the number of new features in Player 3.0 the only question remaining is when are you planning to upgrade?.

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VMware Player 3.0 release note