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CrossOver 13.1 adds support for Quicken 2014 on OS X

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 13.1, an update to the software that enables OS X to run Windows applications without the use of Microsoft Windows. The new version adds support for running Quicken 2014, the latest edition of the popular personal finance software for Windows. CrossOver 13.1.0 also includes improved translations in some non-English languages.

Last November, CodeWeavers released version 13, which greatly improved the graphics performance for better gaming, and improved support for Outlook for Windows.

Unlike virtualization products such as Parallels Desktop, CrossOver doesn't run the Windows OS. Instead, it enables OS X to run directly run Windows applications through the use of an emulator called Wine that runs in the background. Windows applications can be launched by double clicking its icon in the OS X Finder or from CrossOver's Program menu.

Although CrossOver doesn't support all Windows applications, it does support thousands of business apps and games. The CodeWeavers web site has a database of supported apps.

CrossOver 13 is available for $60 for either the Mac or Linux versions. A support package is available for an extra $20. The update is free for customers currently with support. Mac customers with active support entitlements will be upgraded to Crossover 13.1 the next time they launch Crossover. The Linux version of Crossover 13.1 can be downloaded from CodeWeavers.