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Microsoft

Yesterday VMware demonstrated a pre-release version of VMware Workstation with early support for the Windows Hypervisor Platform in the What's New in VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation session at VMworld.

 

In Windows 10 we have introduced many security features that utilize the Windows Hypervisor.  Credential Guard, Windows Defender Application Guard, and Virtualization Based Security all utilize the Windows Hypervisor.  At the same time, new Developer features like Windows Server Containers and the WSL 2 both utilize the Windows Hypervisor.

 

This has made it challenging for our customers who need to use VMware Workstation.  Historically, it has not be possible to run VMware Workstation when Hyper-V was enabled.

 

In the future – users will be able to run all of these applications together.  This means that users of VMware workstation will be able to take advantage of all the security enhancements and developer features that are available in Windows 10.  Microsoft and VMware have been collaborating on this effort, and I am really excited to be a part of this moment!

 

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Cheers,
Ben

14 Comments

So cool!
Will this turn up in a WIndows Insider build in the near future?

Occasional Visitor
Great news, I have been hoping/waiting for this for a loooong time! Thx!
Occasional Visitor

I'm sure that VMware will lose some of its hypervisor capability and have to concede to Microsoft hyper-v hypervisor. It's beyond making VMware compatible with the device guard when it wants to control the hardware. I believe that VMware all just have to learn to plug into the Microsoft's hypervisor.

Occasional Contributor

Well done! Congratulations...

Occasional Visitor

Cool!  Good to hear.

 

Occasional Visitor

That's soo cool!

Occasional Visitor

Great news. Hope this will come ASAP!

Occasional Visitor

This is balsam for my ears :)

Occasional Visitor

That's like the best info I've heard in a long time. I've always preferred VMWare to Hyper-V but since WSL came into existense in version 2 I completely deleted VMWare. Now is a chance to make a great comeback.

Occasional Visitor

很期待!:hearteyes:

Occasional Visitor

Are you really celebrating what should have been a working feature since the beginning? you should just be ashamed that 2 years have passed with VMWare basically not working on any windows 10 machine, how the **bleep** did your business model kept up until now?

Occasional Visitor

You could always run VMWare on your Windows 10 PC (I certainly didn't have a problem with it!!) -- what you couldn't do is run it at the same time as something else that was using the vt ring.  So there really wasn't much push to run VMWare under Windows 10, as people that ran VMWare ran VMWare just fine and people that ran Hyper-V ran Hyper-V.  I'm just an oddity since I use both, and others. :)

 

And remember that Hyper-V and VMWare Workstation used two different types of virtualization, and now, I guess, VMWare will be a hybrid of the two. 

Occasional Visitor
@BobComer I agree with you in most points but as a person whose company decided to completely uninstall vmware since wsl2 came into play, I think Vmware wasted too much time and should have taken measures earlier. I'm afraid most people who migrated to hyper v won't go back in fear of something similar happening in the future. I'm hoping that this will be addressed soon so I can use it at home though because I loved vmware's interface at the very least
Regular Visitor
I've been expecting this for some time (many years). So far it has not appeared on the VMware Beta site (no Tech Preview 2019). Any idea when it will be available to ordinary users like me who have been using VMware Workstation for 20 years and would be happy to give VMware money for an upgrade (although Workstation 15.5.1 works great).