Five good apps to kick off a new Windows desktop

Hypervisor (VMware Workstation)

I test everything under the sun. I have a great lab set up that runs Hyper-V, but I also use VMware Workstation on my desktop. The primary reason I moved to Workstation 8 was because of its ability to pass VT/AMD-v hardware virtualization extensions through to virtual machines. This makes it possible to test in a virtual environment software that depends on these extensions being present.

I’ve been a Workstation user from the very beginning. I’ve tried everything else as well, including VirtualBox and Virtual PC, but I’ve always returned to Workstation. It’s extremely feature rich and, while it’s not free like the others, the features have outweighed the cost.


Since 1994, Scott Lowe has been providing technology solutions to a variety of organizations. After spending 10 years in multiple CIO roles, Scott is now an independent consultant, blogger, author, owner of The 1610 Group, and a Senior IT Executive w...