VMware released the standalone version of VMware player 4.0 officially, which can be downloaded from official site now. Earlier this version was bundled with VMware workstation 8.0, now you can download the VMware player 4.0 standalone version for Windows and Linux Operating Systems.
You do not need to download VMware workstation 8 trial period with 30 days valid license key to get VMPlayer 4.0. This download allows you to install only standalone version of VMware Player 4.0 which is free and no expiry.
Here is the VMware Player 4.0 standalone version download link (Official site – registration required) – Download is available for Windows and Linux Operating Systems Hosts.
1) New Operating Systems supported as guest OS, mainly now you can install and run Windows 8 inside VMware Player.
Sysprobs already covered how to install Windows 8 in VMPlayer 4.0 and Workstation 8.0
2) Hardware requirements changed – The host computer processor should have 64 bit capability to have this version. If your processor is not having 64 bit support, then you can’t install.
3) Increased memory support in guest, HD audio for Windows OSs, USB 3.0 support in Linux OSs and Bluetooth support inside guest machines are new features in VMware Player 4.0