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Top Answer: Great at solving connection problems.
Top Answer: I think that performance could be improved by making it more effective and less resource consuming. It's a little clunky.
Top Answer: The primary use case of this product is to connect to my virtual interpreter of VMs and the like. In the event of an emergency, or if the user wants to deploy a VM on his own virtual system… more »
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Overview

VMware Player, or VMware Player Plus, is described by VMware as the easiest way to run a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs in a commercial environment. If you want to deliver a managed desktop to your employees, customers, students, contractors, or partners, then this virtual desktop solution is the way to go.

VMware Player provides the most advanced virtualization platform available, which is capable of supporting even extremely demanding applications. Even though the platform is so advanced, the user interface is simple and easy-to-use.

There is seamless integration with Windows XP and Windows XP applications even if the machine itself is a Windows 7 PC, a Windows 8 PC, or even Linux-based. It also gives your IT person the capability of restricting the virtual machines by requiring runtime passwords, adding an expiration date, blocking USB devices, or encrypting the machines. By using VMware vCenter Converter, VMware Player can even convert old machines into virtual machines without you needing to re-configure or re-install any applications.

VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company23%
Financial Services Firm5%
Government4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise43%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise33%
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VMware Player is ranked 11th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews. VMware Player is rated 0.0, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Great for testing and solving connection problems". VMware Player is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Horizon View, Parallels Desktop, VMware Horizon 7 and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View, Hyper-V, KVM and Citrix Hypervisor.

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