CodeWeavers CrossOver Reports
Running Windows Apps on Intel Macs without Windows
|Updated May 23, 2012
CrossOver (US $40) from CodeWeavers is software for Mac OS X (on Intel Macs) and Linux that can run selected Windows applications without the need for the Windows operating system. Users install Windows applications right in Mac OS X. An icon for the Windows application appears in the Finder; double-clicking it launches the application.
Because it doesn't use Windows and no Windows license is required, the total cost of using CrossOver is less than virtual machine products such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. CrossOver also doesn't use the CPU bandwidth and doesn't require the large amount of RAM that virtual machine software such Parallels or VMware require.
The tradeoff is that CrossOver supports a selected Windows applications. The company continually adds support for more applications with each release. Some readers report that a few non-supported do run, but most do not. (See CodeWeavers list of supported applications.) Supported Windows applications include most Microsoft applications, including Outlook and Internet Exporer with ActiveX controls, as well popular business softare and popular PC games.
CodeWeavers offers two versions, standard CrossOver, which is focused on running Windows business applications, and CrossOver Games, which is compatible with many popular PC games.
CrossOver is based on the open source WINE software that recreates Windows calls in Mac OS X. CodeWeavers is a leading contributor to WINE.
You can purchase CrossOver at CodeWeavers' web site.
Post a question, tip, or comment about CrossOver in the MacWindows CrossOver forum.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 11.1, an update to the Mac software that enables for Mac OS X to run Windows applications natively, without the use of Windows. The 11.1 update adds support for the Windows game Diablo III as well as some enhancements. There is now a smoother installation process for some versions of Microsoft Office and fixes for Excel 2010 and Project 2007, as well as various other bug fixes.
If you're using CrossOver 11.x what you think of it.
Friday, April 13, 2012
CodeWeavers released CrossOver 11.0.3, and maintenance update for the software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows applications natively, with using the Windows OS. The update fixes serveral bugs, including a problem installing Microsoft Office 2010, Service Pack 1, and a problem with Quicken 2012 hanging online. The update also fixes a problem with PowerPoint 2010 not being able to paly slideshows.
Last month, CodeWeavers released CrossOver 11, which was a major upgrade to the software. CrossOver starts at US $40 with one month of support.
Friday, March 9, 2012
CodeWeavers has released Crossover XI, a major new version of software that runs Windows applications directly in Mac OS X and Linux, without using Windows itself. The new version merges CrossOver Games and CrossOver Pro, supporting all of the Windows applications and games of both former editions. Crossover XI also adds support for dozens of additional Windows applications, according to CodeWeavers, including Quicken 2012 and Microsoft Office 2010......Read entire story here
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
CodeWeavers released CrossOver 10.2.0 (US $40), an update to the software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows applications without the use of the Windows OS. The update is available both versions of the software, CrossOver (optimizing for running business applications) and CrossOver Games (optimized for running Windows games in Mac OS X). CrossOver 10.2.0 fixes a problem with running WinBiz and improves running Accuterm.
CrossOver Games 10.2.0 includes the following improvements:
If you've tried CrossOver or CrossOver Games 10.2.0
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Earlier this week, CodeWeavers released updates to its two CrossOver products, which run Windows applications directly in Mac OS X without the use of the Windows operating system. The updates help with both Lion and Snow Leopard.
CrossOver 10.1.1 (for running business software) and CrossOver Games 10.1.2 (optimized for Windows games) add compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7. They also add a workaround to what CodeWeavers says is a bug in Lion that causes games to crash.
For Snow Leopard, the updates fixes a group permissions issue with Word (.docx) files on certain file systems, and fixes and issue in Mac OS X 10.6.8 that caused the Finder to crash. Various other issues are addressed in the maintenance updates.
If you've tried CrossOver in Lion (or Snow Leopard) what you think.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
CodeWeavers released CrossOver Mac 10.0.3, an update to the software that runs Windows applications directly in Mac OS X without Windows. Version 10.0.3 fixes several bugs, including a problem related to installing Microsoft Project 2007 in Mac OS X. The update also address issues related to CrossTies, a feature that enables the installation of Windows applications on a Mac with a single click. CrossOver Mac 10.0.3 also adds support for RAR archives when installing with CrossTies.
CrossOver is optimized for running Windows business software on Mac OS X. CodeWeavers also offers CrossOver Games, which is optimized for running Windows games on Macs. The most recent version of CrossOver Games is 10.1. CrossOver is available for US $40. CodeWeavers also offers the Professional edition (US $70), a bundle of both CrossOver and CrossOver Games, and which also includes multi-user support.
If you've tried CrossOver 10.0.3
Thursday, March 17, 2011, updated Wednesday, April 20, 2011
CodeWeavers has enabled Mac OS X and Linux users to run the Windows game RIFT directly on their computers. CrossOver Games Edition 10.1 is an update to the software that enables Windows applications to run on Macs and Linux without the use of the Windows operating system. RIFT, from Trion Worlds, Inc., is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) introduced on March 1.
The CrossOver Games 10.1 update also enables Lord of the Rings Online to install in Mac OS X, though some systems require the PyLotro program to launch the gam. Also new is the ability to install World of Warcraft via the download client. CodeWeavers said that the game now runs well when launched with WoW.exe, though there are some issues with the WoW launcher. CodeWeavers said the new version improves the Star Trek Online launcher, though the game still has some performance problems. There is a bug fixed relating to the launching of some games in Steam.
Version 10.1 also adds CrossTie support for .rar files. CrossTie is a feature that enables one-click installation of Windows programs in Mac OS X. CrossOver Games is optimized for running Windows games on Mac OS X and Linux. For running Windows business software, CodeWeavers offers CrossOver.
If you've tried CrossOver or CrossOver Games
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tomorrow at Macworld Expo, CodeWeavers will announce the release of CrossOver and CrossOver Games10, which are now also called CrossOver Impersonator. The new version provides 1-click installation of thousands of Windows files in Mac OS X using a feature called CrossTie. CrossOver enables Windows applications to run natively in Mac OS X and Linux, without the use of Windows itself.
Version 10 also supports hundreds of additional Windows applications. CodeWeavers generally tweaks new versions of CrossOver to enable specific Windows applications to run. With this 10.0 release, "more and more applications are simply starting to run out of the box," said a CodeWeavers spokesperson.
Friday, October 22, 2010
CodeWeavers released CrossOver Games 9.2, which adds support for running the new Civilization V from Firaxis directly in Max OS X. CodeWeavers also released a 9.2 update to CrossOver, which is optimized for running Windows business applications in Mac OS X, without the Windows OS. There are also versions for Linux.
CodeWeavers said that Civilization V runs best on Snow Leopard, and not as well on Leopard. Both CrossOver Games 9.2 and CrossOver 9.2 includes other stability improvements, including a new version of Wine, the underlying engine for both products.
CrossOver and CrossOver Games sell for US $40. The updates are free for existing CrossOver customers. If you've tried CrossOver or CrossOver Games 9.2
Monday, April 26, 2010
Codeweavers has released CrossOver 9.0.1, a maintenance update of the software that enables Windows applications to run directly in Mac OS X, without requiring Windows itself. (Current customers can download the update here.) The update fixes several bugs that could cause Outlook to freeze or crash, as well as improved HTML editing in Outlook, and improved installation of Outlook 2003 service packs. The update also fixes crashes with Access 2000 and Visio 2003 and 2007. Quicken 2010 has some improvements, a fix of performance issues with large files and a fix for a problem importing .qif files. An Internet Explorer 7 printing problem was fixed, and a problem crashing when selection Help was resolved. The update also makes some minor improvements to the CrossOver software overall.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Today, CodeWeavers shipped CrossOver 9, a major new version of the software that enables Windows applications to run on Macs and Linux without using Windows itself. Version 9 includes a new user interface that simplifies the installation of Windows software directly in Mac OS X. CodeWeavers said that, in many cases, users can install a Windows application with a single click. It also improves support for Microsoft Office for Windows and Outlook, among others.
A new feature is the addition of "recipes," (also called "C4 Profiles"), which are XML files that simplify the installation of Windows applications... Read entire story here
Thursday, January 21, 2010
CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 8.0.3 for Mac, maintenance update the software that enables certain Windows applications to run natively on Mac OS X, without using Windows. The company said the update fixes some issues with Internet Explorer 6 and 7, fixes some minor Snow Leopard issues, and improves sound on the Mac. CrossOver Mac is US $40, and does not require you to own a copy of Windows. If you've installed this update
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
CodeWeavers has released CrossOver Games 8.1.4 (US $40) for Mac and Linux, an update to the software that enables Mac OS X and Linux to run Windows games natively, without Windows. This maintenance update fixes some issues with Left 4 Dead 2, an issue with Guild Wars and certain ATI graphics chipsets, and an issue with World of Warcraft. If you'ved tried CrossOver Games
CodeWeaver also offers a standard version of CrossOver, which is optimized to run Windows business applications.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
CodeWeavers has released CrossOver Games 8.1 (US $40) for Mac OS X and for Linux. CrossOver Games is software that enables Macs to run Windows games, without Windows or a Microsoft license. The new version adds support for Left4Dead 2, the sequel to the popular Left4Dead game. CrossOver Games 8.1 also fixes a number of bugs, including a problem in Snow Leopard with registering CrossOver, and some other Snow Leopard tweaks. The new version also fixes bugs with Guild Wars and a problem with the Linux version with World of Warcraft, and some other issues.
Purchase of CrossOver Games 8.1 includes 12 months of free updates and product support. Current owners entitled to an update can log into CodeWeavers' web site and down the version 8.1 update. CodeWeavers also offers the another version called simply CrossOver, which is focused on running Windows business applications on Mac OS X and Linux.
CodeWeavers also said that between now and December 1, customers who purchase a copy of CrossOver Games will entered in a drawing for a chance to win an "ultimate gaming PC" loaded with Linux. If you've tried CrossOver Games 8.1 what you think of it.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
CodeWeavers yesterday released CrossOver 8.0, a major new version of the software that enables Mac OS X and Linux to run Windows applications natively, without the use of the Windows operating system. The new version adds support for more Windows applications and improves the performance of Outlook and Microsoft Office 2007 running natively on Mac OS X and Linux. The company said that users can now install Service Pack 1, and that Outlook users with large offline data files should see noticeable speed increases... ... Read entire story here
Monday, March 2, 2009
CodeWeavers has released CrossOver Games 7.2, an update for the software that allows Mac users to run Windows games directly on Mac O SX, without the use of Windows. There is also a new version 7.2 for Linux. The new version adds support for Spore and improves support for Steam and Steam-based games, as well as general DirectX improvements that the company says enhance game play for many different Windows games. The Mac version of CrossOver Games 7.2 also adds support for MegaTen, MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) by Aeria Games.
Other improvements include:
CrossOver Games is a games-focused version of CrossOver. The standard CrossOver is focused on running Windows business applications directly on Mac OS X. Unlike virtual machine applications, CrossOver makes Windows software directly compatible with Mac OS X, running Windows programs alongside of Mac applications, without Windows. The trade off is that CrossOver isn't compatible with all Windows applications. CodeWeavers has a list of compatibile Windows applications at its website.
If you've tried CrossOver Games 7.2 please what you think of it.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Yesterday, CodeWeavers shipped CrossOver 7.1, software that runs Windows applications on Mac OS X without the use of Windows. The update fixes over three dozen issues with running Outlook 2007 and Office for Windows on a Mac. CodeWeavers also released a 7.1 update for the CrossOver for Linux.
The update fixes problems with creating new contacts, appointments & tasks with Outlook, with opening recurring Calendar Items, and improved connectivity with Exchange servers, among other issues.
CrossOver 7.1 fixes problems installing Office 2007 Enterprise Edition, 2003 Service Pack 3, and other versions of Office for Windows. There are improvements in the reliability of running Project 2007, PowerPoint 2003, Access 2002, Word 2003, and other Office applications.
CrossOver is the most inexpensive method of running Windows, since you don't need a copy of Windows itself. The tradeoff is that it doesn't support all Windows applications. CodeWeavers focuses on running Microsoft and other business applications. Another version, CrossOver Games, focuses on supporting PC games.
If you've used CrossOver 7.1
Friday, July 25, 2008
Yesterday, CodeWeavers released CrossOver Games 7.1, and update that enables Mac OS X to run certain Windows games and applications, without using Windows. The update fixes bugs related to running a number of games, and is available for the Mac and Linux versions of CrossOver Games.
CrossOver Games owners with active support entitlements can download the update at the CodeWeavers site, logging in with the email and password used when purchasing.
If you've used CrossOver Games what you think of it.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 -- On Monday, CodeWeavers released CrossOver 7.0.2, a maintenance update for the software that enables a Mac to run Windows applications without Windows itself. The update fixes a problem running Office 2000 and Office XP on some 64-bit Macs. It also fixes a problem with saving Word 2003 and Excel 2003 files and problem printing with copies of CrossOver that were upgraded.
If you've tried CrossOver 7
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 -- Yesterday, CodeWeavers released CrossOver 7 for Mac (starting at US $40), a major upgrade to the software that enables a Mac to run Windows programs without Windows. The new version adds support for Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe CS for Windows applications, and ActiveX controls, all running in Mac OS X. CodeWeavers also released CrossOver 7 for Linux, with the same feature set as the Mac version.
The Microsoft Office 2007 compatibility includes support for Outlook 2007 group calendaring and other interactions with Exchange Server...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 -- Yesterday CodeWeavers debuted CrossOver Games (US $40), new software that runs Windows games natively in Mac OS X, but without using Windows. The company said that PC games will run faster in CrossOver Games than in virtual machine products such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. CodeWeavers also released a version for Linux.
CodeWeavers said that CrossOver Games will run Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, and most Steam-based games, including Team Fortress 2, Portal, Half Life 2, Civilization IV, Peggle...
October 3, 2007 -- Yesterday, CodeWeavers released Crossover Mac 6.2, an update for the software that enables Windows applications to run in Mac OS X. The company also released Crossover Linux 6.2. Unlike virtual machine products such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion, CrossOver does not run Microsoft Windows. Instead, CrossOver enables Mac OS X to run selected Windows apps natively.
The new version includes some "major work" for support of Outlook, which is 50 percent faster than in version 6.1 when run on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, which Apple will release this month. Version 6.2 also has a number of bug fixes for Outlook support, including the fixing of time-zone issues, as well as bug fixes for other applications.
The company also said that CrossOver 6.2 is the first and only solution available that can run Valve's Team Fortress II "out of the box" in Mac OS X.
Other improvements include:
CrossOver 6.2 is available for US$60 as a download, US$70 for a CD. CodeWeavers is offering a 10 percent discount through October 31 for orders at the company website, using the "special deal" code of "zomg".
If you've tried CrossOver 6.2
May 16, 2007 --Yesterday, CodeWeavers shipped version CrossOver Mac 6.1 (US $60 download, free upgrade), an upgrade to the software that allows you to run Windows applications on a Mac, without Windows. The new version improvements support for Outlook 2003 for Windows and 3D PC games and includes a number of bug fixes. CodeWeavers also released CrossOver Linux 6.1, which runs Windows applications on Linux.
With the new version, Outlook 2003 will support RPC over HTTP, which enables users to check email from outside of office firewalls. CrossOver 6.1 also improves authentication support in Outlook 2003 and fixes bugs with Outlook. CodeWeavers said that the new version also fixes a “major bug” with running FrameMaker 7.1 (related to font issues), and that FrameMaker 7.1 is now “usable” with CrossOver 6.1.
Running PC game in CrossOver is improved with a “major update” of DirectX support, including 3D graphics. There are also a few more games supported, including the EVE Online and Call of Duty 2 (through Steam).
For other fixes in CrossOver 6.1, see CodeWeavers’ changelog.
CodeWeavers said that for the next update, it would focus on further improvements Outlook and for Adobe applications, as well as enabling more games to run.
For more information, see our CrossOver tips and reports page.
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April 23, 2007 -- CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 6.1.0 Beta 3, a new pre-release version of the future 6.1.0 version. CrossOver is software for Mac OS X on Intel Macs that runs Windows applications without running Windows itself.
CodeWeavers said that the new beta fixes bugs that have caused crashes in Half-Life 2 and other games, improved support for composed characters, refined the user interface, and added a software update feature.
If you've tried the current Beta 3 what you think.
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April 13, 2007 -- CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 6.1.0 Beta 2, a new pre-release version of the future 6.1.0 version. CrossOver is software for Mac OS X on Intel Macs that runs Windows applications without running Windows itself. (See our CrossOver special report for more about CrossOver.)
CodeWeavers said that with this release the company focused on getting better support for running Outlook 2003 (as an alternative to Entourage). In addition to bug fixes and increased stability with running Outlook 2003, the new CrossOver Beta has improvements in RPC over HTTP, which enables remote users to access Exchange Server through firewalls.
CrossOver 6.1.0 Beta 2 also includes improvements for running PC games. It improved support for DirectX 8.1 and 9.0, which the company said will allow more unsupported games to be playable in CrossOver. The company said that game rendering and performance has also improved.
Other fixes include new support for installing a set of Windows-specific TrueType fonts, fixing font problems with FrameMaker 7.1, and the ability to automatically download and install localized versions of some installers and service packs, including IE.
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CrossOver 6.0 1 update addresses Outlook 2003 compatibility. March 16, 2006 -- Earlier this week, CodeWeavers released CrossOver 6.0.1 (US $60), a maintenance update to the software that enables Mac OS X users to run Windows applications without Windows. (An update was also released for the Linux version.) The update fixes bugs related to running Outlook 2003 as well as for the new Daylight Savings Time changes and other general issues.
Among the bug fixes, CrossOver 6.0.1 contains the following:
CodeWeavers has said that running Outlook for Windows in Mac OS X is one of its customers most requested features for CrossOver, which first shipped for Mac OS X in January. Currently, CrossOver has better support for Outlook 2000 than for Outlook 2003.
The company said that it intents to focus on Outlook and game compatibility with its next, version 6.1, to be released" in the relatively near future." CodeWeavers said the 6.1 upgrade would contain "more substantial improvements" than the 6.0.1 release.
CodeWeaver version 6.0 was the first version for Macintosh. It first shipped in January 2007 at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Comment below
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NOTE: CrossOvers is now shipping. These comments are about the pre-release version.
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Friday, October 5, 2007
Robert reviews on some of the aspects of CrossOver 6.2, the new version of the software that runs Windows applications on an Intel Mac without the need for Windows. (This makes it an inexpensive solution). Robert wrote:
If you've tried CrossOver 6.2
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Barry Smythe thinks the new CodeWeavers' CrossOver 6.2 is an improvement over the previous version:
If you've tried CrossOver 6.2
Friday, December 14, 2007
Hoby Van Hoose evaluated CodeWeavers CrossOver 6.2, the current version of the software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows applications without running Windows itself. CrossOver runs selected Windows applications, and in his review, Van Hoose describes which work and which don't. (This is also available at CodeWeavers web site.) Overall, Van Hoose is bullish on CrossOver. From his conclusion:
Van Hoose's full review:
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