VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro become free

VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro become free

Products VMware for desktop systems are used by millions of people around the world to build, manage and run virtual machines on their Windows, Linux, and macOS computers. They provide users with the ability to quickly and easily set up on-premises virtual environments, install additional operating systems, learn technologies, develop and test software, complex systems, apps and more.

After Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware, the company is reselling much of its stock business model. Michael Roy (VMware) confirms that the cornerstone of all activities remains VMware Desktop Hypervisor, software that allows you to create and manage virtual machines on your desktop. It sits above the operating system installed on the host machine and offers the ability to run multiple guest systems at the same time.

Two licensing models for VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro: free software for personal use

For the first time in the history of VMware, two historical software such as Workstation Pro e Fusion Pro they become free. At least for private users and for all those who will not use it in commercial environments. For business users, it will always be possible to sign a commercial contract (for a fee).

All users who wish to use one virtualization solution known and reliable, in order to set up a real “test bed” on their Windows, Linux and macOS devices, all they have to do is register and download the installation files.

As the Pro editions of VMware Workstation and Fusion become free for personal use, the company has simultaneously decided to discontinue support for the free counterparts. Products such as VMware Workstation Player e VMware Fusion Player. Users who are now using the “Player” range for personal use can upgrade to the versions at no cost.

Users with personal use licenses of Fusion Player can simply upgrade to Fusion 13.5.2 (or later), then delete the license key. Deleting the pre-existing Player key will unlock the full license”Pro for personal use“, without the need to introduce and use additional keys.

They do not exist functional differences between the versions of Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro intended for home users and those for commercial use.

Where to download the two VMware software in free version

To download VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro, you need to create an account on the Broadcom website, go to the support site, select VMware Cloud Foundation from the drop-down menu at the top right and finally choose My downloads.

VMware Workstation Pro e VMware Fusion Pro gratis

At this point you can search for the product you are interested in: WorkStation Pro or Fusion Pro. After confirming that the download is for personal purposes, you can download the program and proceed with its installation.

Differences between VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro

Both software for the virtualization of a large number of guest operating systems, VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro differ primarily in their platforms on which they can be installed. The former works on Windows and Linux, while Fusion Pro is only available for macOS.

For the rest Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro have many similar functionality such as snapshots, virtual machine cloning, 3D graphics support, connection to remote vSphere and ESXi servers. Fusion Pro integrates a unique feature called “Teams” which allows you to create groups of virtual machines connected over a LAN, useful for deploying virtual networks.

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