Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 13:19:36 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: VMware Workstation 3.0 beta - AVAILABLE NOW
Dear VMware User,
We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the beta
version of VMware Workstation 3.0, our award-winning desktop
product. Workstation 3.0 is our most powerful and comprehensive
desktop software release ever! Workstation 3.0 provides support
for the latest operating systems, including Microsoft
Windows XP and the latest Linux distributions. It adds support
for new devices, provides significant enhancements in networking,
and delivers better overall performance. On Microsoft Windows host
operating systems, Workstation 3.0 also provides a completely new
Windows-style user interface with significantly improved ease
As an existing user of our Workstation software, we want you to
experience firsthand the many new features and performance
enhancements of this major new release.
A few highlights:
-- Support for the latest host and guest operating systems,
including Windows XP
-- Support for new devices, including USB, generic SCSI devices,
and CD-ROM ISO images
-- Larger virtual disk support (up to 128GB IDE, 256GB SCSI)
-- Built-in support for NAT, allowing guest OSes to share the host
-- Eight internal virtual Ethernet switches, increased from four
in Workstation 2.0
-- Improved performance for mouse, graphics, disk, I/O,
-- New Windows-style user interface (on Windows hosts only)
-- Better support for laptop computers
Support for DVD-ROM and CD-R/RW devices will be available in later
To download and try the VMware Workstation 3.0 beta, please go to:
NOTE: If you are a Workstation 2.0 user, please keep your license
for 2.0 installed even if you uninstall Workstation 2.0 to use the
Workstation 3.0 beta. You will need your license key installed on
your PC in order to upgrade to Workstation 3.0.
Beta versions are available for Windows (Windows NT(R) 4.0,
Windows 2000, and Windows XP) and Linux host operating systems.
To receive a serial number that will unlock the beta release, go
to the URL below, enter your VMware registered username and
password, and select the platform you'd like to test:
Your serial number will be sent to your VMware registered
To find out all about the new features and improvements in the
VMware Workstation 3.0 beta, as well as for help with
installation, configuration, and setup, please see our online
The beta documentation is also available as a PDF document for
To help us make this the best release of Workstation yet, we ask
that you give us your candid feedback. If you encounter problems
while testing the beta release of VMware Workstation 3.0, please
submit an incident report at:
Please follow the instructions for including log and core files
If you have general feedback, suggestions for improvement, or
other comments, please send them via email to:
We may not have time to respond to each piece of feedback we
receive, but we guarantee we'll read each one.
Thanks for your continued support. We'll be in touch in a few
weeks with additional information about Workstation 3.0, including
our progress with the beta release and details of pricing and
product availability. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this
"first look" at VMware Workstation 3.0.
Pricing and upgrade information will be available soon, and the
product will be available in Q4.
The VMware Workstation 3.0 Team
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