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VMware Workstation 3.0 Beta Released

Sep 05, 2001, 00:18 (7 Talkback[s])
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 13:19:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: VMware 
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 
of use. 

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 
   IP address 
-- Eight internal virtual Ethernet switches, increased from four 
   in Workstation 2.0 
-- Improved performance for mouse, graphics, disk, I/O, 
   and networking 
-- 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 
beta releases. 

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 
email address. 

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 
documentation at: 

The beta documentation is also available as a PDF document for 
offline reference: 

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 necessary. 

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. 

Best regards, 

The VMware Workstation 3.0 Team 

This message is sent via Digital Impact, Inc. for VMware, Inc.