This application is useful for testing other operating systems, such as Windows 8 (if you have XP, Vista or 7, or any other combination), or under Linux (with support for various distributions). It can be useful for evaluating a new version of an operating system, without having to install it.
VMware is also useful for testing programs and applications that are suspicious of containing viruses or that contain some type of spyware, since it is isolated without having access to the system data. Another interesting feature is to test on 64-bit systems applications that were developed for 32-bit architectures; For that you can install a 32-bit Windows XP virtual machine on a 64-bit Windows 7 (or Vista).
VMware Player is a reduced version of VMware Workstation, which has the advantage of being free, as well as other similar software that we have already recommended: VirtualBox.
VMware Player 6.04 is the latest version, updated in September 2014, of this software that can be downloaded for free.
This new release adds support for Ubuntu 13.04, for Solaris 11 and for Fedora 19. It also adds support for multiple monitors at once, and fixes errors from the previous version.
A complete and very useful user manual is available to understand the operation of this application. This tutorial is the official one, and it is updated to this latest version 6 of VMware.
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