Limitations of VMWare Workstation Player 15 – Running multiple VMs at once

As stated in the title, I’m running VMWare Workstation Player 15, specifically 15.1.0 build-13591040. I’ve downloaded and installed the free version for Windows, as this is entirely for personal use/self-education. Recently, I’ve taken another look at pricing on the site, as I’d like to have snapshot capabilities, but in doing so, saw that I’d have to buy VMWare Workstation Pro, as opposed to Player.

Beyond this, I also saw in the product comparison that running multiple VMs is supported in Pro only. During my personal use, I have been able to open multiple VMs at a time using only the Free Player; all I have to do is launch another instance of the UI, and choose another VM. I’m not sure if I’m misunderstanding the limitation, or what exactly I should take it to mean. If anyone could provide me a bit of clarity on what exactly the benefit would be (easier manipulation in the UI, difference in host resource allocation/usage, etc) in this respect, I’d very much appreciate it!

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  1. I believe the Workstation Pro can run multiple VMs in a single instance, and they show up as tabs, like tabs on a browser.
    With the Player, one has to run a separate Player for each VM. But, you can run multiple Players, and hence multiple VMs.

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