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CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 12 (US $60), a major new version of its software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows applications natively, without requiring Windows. The new version adds support for some additional Windows applications and games and improves support of Office for Windows and others.

CrossOver 12 adds support for Quicken 2013, World of Tanks, and .Net 4.0 for running on Mac. It also improves support for Microsoft applications for Windows, including Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010, Project 2010, and Visio 2002 and 2010. CrossOver 12 improves support for other Windows apps as well, and improves font handling in some applications.

With CrossOver 12, CodeWeavers has made improvements to the underlying emulation engine, called Wine. This includes better audio quality with DirectSound, better printing on a variety of paper sizes, and sub-pixel font anti-aliasing for better display of text. The updated Wine engine also implements the Raw Input API's used by some PC games, including games like Guild Wars 2 and World of Tanks. CrossOver?s built-in web-browser will now offer to download and install ActiveX controls.

Version 12 also includes experimental support something called the "Mac Driver," which the company says will "lead to smoother, faster, more native Mac performance as it's perfected." The Mac Driver is a new way for Windows programs to interact with the Mac keyboard and display. The Mac Driver replaces the use of the X Window System, which is Unix technology that CrossOver has traditionally used for keyboard and display interactions. CodeWeavers said that future versions of CrossOver will eliminate the use of the X Window System altogether, and use its own Mac Driver for keyboard/display support.

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