VMware Updates Desktop VM App

VMware seeks to push its workstation software beyond the high-end technology expert into more general enterprise use with the release this week of the latest version of its desktop virtual machine software.

VMware Inc. seeks to push its workstation software beyond the high-end technology expert into more general enterprise use with the release this week of the latest version of its desktop virtual machine software.

Version 4.5 supports a preboot execution environment to let users quickly provision VMs via a network. It also makes USB devices connected to the host available to VMs and increases the memory limits for each VM to 3.6 GB.

There is also more support for a wider variety of operating systems, including beta versions of "Longhorn"—the next version of Windows—and Linux kernels in the 2.6 series.

VMware has decreased the price of its Workstation software from $300 to $189.

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