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VMware Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro)
Streamlined PC Virtualization for Business

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Licensing
VMware Workstation 12 Player
VMware Workstation 12 Player
*Workstation 12 Player Support and Per Incident Support sold separately and are not required with the purchase of a license. Per incident support is available at any quantity. Basic or Production SnS support is available for customers who purchase a minimum of 10 licenses.
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Our Price: $149.99

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Overview:

Streamlined PC Virtualization for Business

VMware Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro) is a streamlined desktop virtualization application that runs one or more operating systems on the same computer without rebooting. With its simple user interface, unmatched operating system support and portability, it’s now easier than ever for IT professionals to get their users up and running with a corporate desktop.

PC Virtualization for business with VMware Workstation Player

Easy PC Virtualization for Windows and Linux

VMware Workstation Player provides a streamlined user interface for creating, running and evaluating operating systems and applications in a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs. Easily interact and exchange data between applications running in the virtual machine and the desktop. With its intuitive interface and easy setup, VMware Workstation Player is the easiest way to deliver a virtual desktop to your employees, contractors, or customers.

PC Virtualization for Windows with VMware Workstation Player

Unmatched OS Support for Ultimate Compatibility

Workstation Player supports hundreds of guest operating systems – old and new - so you can continue to run the applications you need in a virtual machine for as long as you want. With support for the latest releases of Windows and Linux as well as support for prevalent operating systems like Windows XP and Windows 7, or even the new Windows 10, Workstation Player turns a regular PC into the ultimate computer for compatibility. VMware Workstation Player is the best way to run multiple operating systems and corporate desktops in an isolated and protected environment on modern hardware.

OS Support for Multiple Operating Systems with VMware Workstation Player

Virtual Machine Portability

With VMware Workstation Player, complete desktop environments including the operating system, applications and user configurations can be containerized in a virtual machine and easily shared. Instead of buying and shipping additional hardware, reduce cost by simply providing VMware Workstation Player along with a virtual machine containing your secure desktop image.

Virtual Machine Portability with VMware Workstation Player

Run Restricted Virtual Machines

Workstation Player has the ability to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion Pro. Restricted virtual machines are the easiest way to secure corporate desktops with encryption, runtime password protection, USB access restriction, isolation between the host and guest OS, and time limitation. Workstation Player makes it incredibly easy to ensure corporate compliance by running restricted virtual machines.

Run Restricted Virtual Machines with VMware Workstation Player

Consolidate and Recycle Old PC Hardware

It’s never been easier to consolidate and recycle your old computers. Use the free VMware vCenter Converter utility accessible from Workstation Player to turn existing Windows and Linux based computers into virtual machines and eliminate the need to re-install and re-configure your existing OS and applications. Once converted, use Workstation Player to manage and run all your virtual machine on new hardware.

Consolidate and recycle old PC hardware with VMware Workstation Player

Workstation Player is Designed For

IT Professionals

VMware Workstation Player allows IT professionals to efficiently create and deliver a virtual desktop to employees, contractors or customers. Run corporate virtual machines, experiment with new operating systems, or safely try and test new software in an isolated virtual environment on a Windows or Linux PC.

Academic Professionals

VMware Workstation Player allows academic professionals to quickly deliver complete virtual desktops to students preconfigured with all the lessons, applications and tools required for the course while increasing control and security.

VMware Workstation 12 Player Free for Personal Use

Workstation 12 Player is licensed for commercial use and is enabled to run restricted virtual machines. If you simply want to learn more about virtual machines or run virtual machines at home in a non-commercial environment you may use Workstation 12 Player at no cost.

Features:

Streamlined PC Virtualization for Business

VMware Workstation 12 Player is a streamlined desktop virtualization application that runs one or more operating systems on the same computer without rebooting. With its simple user interface, unmatched operating system support and portability, it’s now easier than ever for IT professionals to get their users up and running with a corporate desktop.

Built for Windows 10 and More

Workstation 12 Player is the best way to run Windows 10 with your existing Windows or Linux PC. In a few simple steps you can easily install Windows 10 in a virtual machines from a disc or ISO image using the Workstation Player Virtual Machines Wizard. With Workstation 12 Player you can start taking advantage of Windows 10 latest features like Cortana the personal digital assistant, inking capabilities in the new Edge web browser, or even start building Universal Apps for Windows 10 devices. You can even ask Cortana to launch VMware Workstation right from Windows 10.

For organizations and technical users that run the latest Linux distributions, Workstation 12 Player supports Ubuntu 15.04, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1, Fedora 22, and many more.

Built for Windows 10 and More

State of the Art Virtualization

Display Powerful 3D Graphics

Workstation 12 Player now supports DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 delivering a more fluid and responsive experience when running 3D applications. With these added capabilities you now have access to all the applications that require DirectX 10 such as Microsoft’s Power Map tool for Excel, allowing you to visualize data in a whole new dimension. In addition, Workstation Player makes running highly demanding 3D applications like AutoCAD or SOLIDWORKS a snap in a virtual machine.

Display Powerful 3D Graphics

Run the Latest Hardware

Take advantage of the latest Intel based tablets with Workstation Player virtual tablets sensors. Leverage the latest Microsoft Surface tablets with Workstation Players virtual accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and ambient light sensor to enable applications running in the virtual machines to respond when a user moves, rotates, and shakes their tablet. Whether you are running on a laptop, tablet, or desktop, Workstation 12 Player supports the latest Intel 64-bit x86 processors, including the Broadwell and Haswell microarchitecture for maximum performance

Run the Latest Hardware

Ready for High Resolution Displays

Workstation 12 Player has been optimized to support high resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) displays for Desktops and QHD+ (3200x1800) displays used in laptops and x86 tablets providing you with a crisp and detailed experience. Workstation 12 Player now supports multiple monitors on the host with different DPI settings so you can run your brand new 4K UHD display along with your existing 1080P HD display.

Ready for High Resolution Displays

Enhanced Connectivity

Workstation 12 Player takes advantage of the latest hardware supporting HD audio with 7.1 surround sound, USB 3.0, and Bluetooth devices making it easy to get your new webcam, headset, or printer connected in a virtual machine. Workstation 12 Player now supports USB 3.0 in Windows 7 besides Windows 8 for ultra-fast file transfers with external storage devices. In addition Workstation 12 Player improves performance of Skype or Lync conference calls within guest virtual machines so you can conduct crystal clear conference calls from your virtual machines.

Enhanced Connectivity

Access and Control

Run Restricted and Expiring Virtual Machines

VMware Workstation Player has the ability to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation Pro or VMware Fusion Pro. Restricted virtual machines are the easiest way to secure corporate desktops with encryption, runtime password protection, USB access restriction, isolation between the host and guest OS, and time limitation. Workstation 12 Player now improves the performance of encrypted VMs during suspend and resume operations with up to 3X faster performance over previous versions of Workstation.

For workers assigned to short-term projects, temporary employees, or just delivering a software evaluation, Workstation Player allows you to run restricted virtual machines that can expire at a predefined date and time. When powered on, the virtual machine will query the server at specified time intervals, storing the current system time in the restricted virtual machine's policy file as the last trusted timestamp. An expired virtual machine will automatically suspend and will not restart without administrator intervention.

Run Restricted and Expiring Virtual Machines

Compare:

Compare VMwarCompare VMware Workstation 12 Player to VMware Player 7 Pro
Key Features VMware Player 7 Pro
(licensed)
VMware Workstation 12 Player
(licensed)
Licensed for Commercial Use
Support for up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB disks, 64 GB of RAM, and 2GB Video  RAM
Ready for Microsoft Windows 10, Ubuntu 15.04, RHEL 7.1, Fedora 22  
Microsoft DirectX 10 Support  
OpenGL 3.3 Support  
4K Monitor Support  
Host multi monitor support with different DPI settings  
Automatic VM suspend upon host shutdown  
USB 3.0 Support in Windows 7  
Over 30 new features  

Compare VMware Workstation 12 Player (Unlicensed) to VMware Workstation 12 Player (Licensed)
Key Features   VMware Workstation 12 Player
(unlicensed)
VMware Workstation 12 Player
(licensed)
Licensed for Personal Use Only
Licensed for Business/Commercial Use  
License Key Enabled  
Removal of "Non-commercial use only" in Title Bar  
Run Restricted Virtual Machines  
Eligible for Paid VMware Basic and Production support  


Compare VMware Workstation 12 Player (licensed) to VMware Workstation 12 Pro
Key Features   VMware Workstation 12 Player (licensed) VMware Workstation 12 Pro
Support for up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB disks, 64 GB of RAM, and 2GB Video  RAM
Support for more than 200 Operating Systems
Run restricted virtual machines
Create restricted virtual machines  
Create expiring virtual machines  
Snapshot tool  
AutoProtect with snapshots  
Virtual Network editor  
Network bandwidth throttling  
Run as a server to share virtual machines  
Enterprise permissions when sharing VMs  
Connect remotely to vSphere to view and manage VMs  
Integration with VMware vCloud Air  (Upload, View, Run, Power Operations)  
Upload VMs to vSphere server  
Connect remotely to a virtual machine with VNC  
Change virtual hardware compatibility  
Tablet sensor configuration (orientation, motion, ambient light)  
Advanced CPU, network, disk, and display settings  
Boot Virtual machines with EFI Support  
Customizable UI Views with Tabs, Library, Thumbnails, Aero Peek  
Create desktop shortcuts for Virtual machines  
Tear Away Tabs  
Create linked clones  
Group power on operation  
Map virtual disks  
Export to OVF  

FAQs:

What is VMware Workstation Player?

VMware Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro) is a desktop virtualization application that is available for free for personal use. A Commercial License can be applied to enable Workstation Player to run Restricted Virtual Machines created by VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro.

Can I still use VMware Workstation Player for free?

VMware Workstation Player is free for personal non-commercial use (business and non profit use is considered commercial use). If you would like to learn about virtual machines or use them at home you are welcome to use VMware Workstation Player for free. Students and faculty of accredited educational institutions can use VMware Workstation Player for free if they are members of the VMware Academic Program.

Are there guidelines for using VMware Workstation Player for personal use?

Yes. Please refer to the VMware Workstation Player End-User License Agreement (EULA) for using VMware Workstation Player according to VMware design and licensing guidelines.

How can I get the free version of VMware Workstation Player?

VMware Workstation Player can be downloaded here.

Can I access VMware Workstation Player documentation online for free?

Yes, both English and Japanese language versions are available for download in electronic format from the VMware Workstation Player documentation website.

How does VMware Workstation Player work?

VMware Workstation Player installs like a standard desktop application. Once installed, VMware Workstation Player allows you to install new operating systems and run them as virtual machines in a separate window. VMware Workstation Player includes features that enable users to create and configure their own virtual machines for optimal performance and access any devices connected to their PC.

What can I do with VMware Workstation Player?

Use VMware Workstation Player to create, run, evaluate, and share software running in virtual machines:

  • Create: Use VMware Workstation Player to create virtual machines with the latest 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Linux operating systems. With Easy Install it’s easier than installing them directly on your PC.
  • Run: VMware Workstation Player can be used by anyone to run virtual machines on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Workstation Player makes it quick and easy to take advantage of the security, flexibility, and portability of virtual machines.
  • Evaluate: VMware Workstation Player is ideal for safely evaluating software distributed as a virtual appliance. Virtual appliances are pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run enterprise software applications packaged along with an operating system in a virtual machine. With VMware Workstation Player, anyone can quickly and easily experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles. Run over 900 virtual appliances from leading software vendors available from the VMware Solution Exchange.

What is the difference between the free and paid editions of VMware Workstation Player?

VMware Workstation Player is a free download, but purchasing and entering a license key entitles the users to the following additional benefits:

  • When licensed, VMware Workstation Player is designed to be used commercially. It is licensed for use by employees, training organizations, contractors and can be transferred to partners or potential customers.
  • When licensed, VMware Workstation Player is enabled to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Fusion Pro or VMware Workstation.
  • When licensed, VMware Workstation Player better supports mass deployments to thousands of users including installation options and custom configuration settings to run unattended installs using system configuration software and hide unwanted features.

How does VMware Workstation Player compare to VMware Workstation Pro?

VMware Workstation Player enables you to quickly and easily create and run virtual machines. The Workstation Player user interface is designed to be as easy to use as possible. It is intended for people who need to run virtual machines, typically provided to them by their IT organization, system administrator, instructor, software supplier etc.

VMware Workstation Pro is much more advanced and comes with powerful features including snapshots, cloning, remote connections to vSphere or vCloud Air, sharing VMs, advanced Virtual Machines settings and much more. Workstation is designed to be used by technical professionals such as developers, quality assurance engineers, systems engineers, IT administrators, technical support representatives, trainers, etc. More comparison details are available in the Workstation Pro vs Workstation Player comparison table.

Can VMware Workstation Player run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion Pro?

Yes, if you purchase a VMware Workstation Player. This feature is only activated in the licensed version of Workstation Player.

Support:

VMware Basic Support & Subscription

Weekday Support for Test, Dev and Non-Critical Deployments

  • Global, 12x5 access to support
  • Unlimited number of support requests
  • Remote Support
  • Online access to documentation and technical resources, knowledge base, discussion forums
  • Product updates and upgrades

Overview

VMware Basic Support is designed for non-critical applications and platforms that require support during normal business hours. Our global support centers have been strategically placed to provide you with fast and efficient access to the support center in your region. Each center is staffed with engineers that can provide industry-leading expertise in virtualization and years of experience supporting virtual infrastructure products in real-world customer environments. We are committed to delivering enterprise-class, worldwide support with a single objective in mind: your success.

VMware Production Support & Subscription Service

Technical Support, 12 Hours/Day, per published Business Hours, Mon. thru Fri.

  • Global, 24x7 support for Severity 1 issues
  • Fast response times for critical issues
  • Unlimited number of support requests
  • Remote Support
  • Online access to documentation and technical resources, knowledge base, discussion forums
  • Product updates and upgrades

Overview

VMware Production Support is designed with your production environments in mind. Our global support centers are staffed around the clock to provide you access to our industry-leading expertise in virtualization and years of experience supporting virtual infrastructure products in real-world customer environments. We are committed to delivering enterprise-class, worldwide support with a single objective in mind: your success.

Feature Production Support Basic Support
Hours of Operation1 24 Hours/Day
7 Days/Week
365 Days/Year
12 Hours/Day
Monday–Friday
Length of Service 1 or 3 Years 1 or 3 Years
Product Updates 2 Yes Yes
Product Upgrades 2 Yes Yes
Products Supported 3 All Products
(excluding VMware Fusion and VMware Player)
All Products
Method of Access Telephone/Web Telephone/Web
Response Method Telephone/Email Telephone/Email
Remote Support Yes Yes
Root Cause Analysis Available only with Business Critical or Mission Critical Support Offering Available only with Business Critical or Mission Critical Offering
Access to VMware Web Site Yes Yes
Access to VMware Discussion Forums and Knowledge Base Yes Yes
Max Number of Technical Contacts per Contract 6 4
Number of Support Requests Unlimited Unlimited
Target Response Times
Critical (Severity 1)
Major (Severity 2)
Minor (Severity 3)
Cosmetic (Severity 4)

30 minutes or less: 24x7
4 business hours
8 business hours
12 business hours

4 business hours
8 business hours
12 business hours
12 business hours
Business Hours
North America
Alaska, Hawaii
Latin America

Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

Asia, Pacific Rim, Japan (APJ)

Australia/New Zealand
Monday - Friday
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST/PDT)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (GMT/GMT+1)

8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Singapore Time)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sydney AET)
Monday - Friday
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST/PDT)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (GMT/GMT+1)

8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Singapore Time)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sydney AET)

1 Hours of operation for Gemstone are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST/PDT). Severity 1 issues are responded to 24x7.
2 Product updates and upgrades are not included with Basic Support and Subscription Service for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware.
Product updates and upgrades are not included with Production Support and Subscription Service for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware.
3 VMware Fusion Professional and VMware Workstation require a minimum of ten (10) licenses in order to purchase Basic support. VMware Workstation requires a minimum of ten (10) licenses in order to purchase Production Support.

Pricing Notes:

VMware Licensing
VMware Workstation 12 Player
VMware Workstation 12 Player
*Workstation 12 Player Support and Per Incident Support sold separately and are not required with the purchase of a license. Per incident support is available at any quantity. Basic or Production SnS support is available for customers who purchase a minimum of 10 licenses.
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Our Price: $149.99
VMware Workstation 12 Player to Workstation 12 Pro Upgrade
Requires Workstation 12 Player license. SnS is not required with license purchase. SnS and Per Incident Support sold separately
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Our Price: $99.99
VMware Player 6 Plus or Player 7 Pro to Workstation 12 Player Upgrade
SnS is optional for quantities of 10 or more. Workstation 12 Player Support and Per Incident Support sold separately.
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Our Price: $79.99
VMware Workstation 12 Player Basic Support and Subscription
Technical Support, 12 Hours/Day, per published Business Hours, Mon. thru Fri. Minimum purchase quantity of 10.
VMware Workstation 12 Player Basic Support/Subscription, 1 Year
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Our Price: $31.00
VMware Workstation 12 Player Basic Support/Subscription, 3 Years
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Our Price: $81.84
VMware Workstation 12 Player Production Support and Subscription
Technical Support, 24 Hour Sev 1 Support -- 7 days a week. Minimum purchase quantity of 10.
VMware Workstation 12 Player Production Support/Subscription, 1 Year
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Our Price: $37.00
VMware Workstation 12 Player Production Support/Subscription, 3 Years
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Our Price: $97.68