I have a few VMs I run in VMWare Player with Windows 8.0 x64 as Host OS. After installing several flavors of Linux, mostly Debian based, that were not in the dropdown list I figured why not just install Debian itself?
I used the small CD AMD64 iso to install It comes with IceWeasel FF derived browser. For browsing it's actually quite usable in a VM. The only real glitch was some report about gnome 3.x not coming up, but it has a desktop with menus. It's kind of sparse to figure out what it is. Of course the strange feeling is how much command line savvy I've lost since I last did Linux for real.
I don't know the state of UEFI and GPT support in Debian. I'm just getting my feet wet. https://www.debian.org/distrib/