CODEWEAVERS LAUNCHES CROSSOVER 12.5Update includes Wine 1.6, new Linux UI, better MS Outlook support, and full support for ChineseSAINT PAUL, Minn (August 13, 2013) — CodeWeavers, Inc., developer of CrossOver software which enables Mac and Linux users to run Windows software on their computers without the need of a Microsoft license, announced today the release of its new software, CrossOver 12.5.Although a point release, CrossOver 12.5.0 is a major step forward from previous versions of CrossOver. The new version incorporates the latest version of Wine - the Windows compatibility technology which underlies CrossOver. Wine 1.6 brings thousands of improvements to application compatibility.On Linux, CrossOver has a new user interface. A list of launchers for all installed Windows applications is present in CrossOver's main application window, which improves usability with modern Linux desktop environments.We have spent substantial time improving our support for Microsoft Outlook. Outlook users who run on laptops may notice that their Outlook connections remain active when their laptops change networks or awake from sleep. CrossOver 12.5.0 also includes improved support for Quicken, Internet Explorer 7, and improved compatibility with the Microsoft Office suite.Finally, CrossOver 12.5.0 has improved Chinese language support, and runs more popular Chinese applications than ever before. We have fixed crashes in the Chinese versions of Microsoft Office 2010; we have added Chinese language titles to our application database, and CrossOver is fully translated into Chinese.
CodeWeavers has now begun selling CrossOver directly in China.CrossOver is immediately available atAbout CodeWeaversFounded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers focuses on the development of Wine –the core technology found in all of its CrossOver products. The company’s goal is to bring expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by making it easier, faster and more painless to port Windows software to Linux. CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. The company is privately held. For more information about CodeWeavers, log on to.# # #Contact:Jon Parshall, CodeWeavers Inc.
CrossOver 12.5 or Wine to Run Windows Apps in Linux?SJVN covers and Linux over at ZDNet. CrossOver is an interesting piece of software, it lets you run Windows applications in Linux (or OS X if you are a Mac user).Crossover is based on Wine, but adds additional features. CrossOver has on its site. In particular, this latest version offers better support for Microsoft Outlook, Quicken, Internet Explorer 7, and improved compatibility with the Microsoft Office suite. The company has also fixed several crashes and made numerous usability improvements.On Linux, CrossOver boasts a new user interface. This makes it much easier to launch your installed Windows applications.
I also found it easier in general to install Windows apps on Linux with CrossOver 12.5.I know that some folks will view CrossOver with a dubious eye. Why pay $59 if you can just run Wine itself instead? Well, for some people that is certainly true.
But I suspect that there are a fair number of Linux users who might want to opt for CrossOver's greater ease of use than generic Wine.Frankly, if I were going to run Windows applications in Linux, I'd probably just use CrossOver. Yeah, it would cost me a few bucks but it would probably save me time and effort in getting Windows apps to run properly in Linux, and to manage them after they were installed and running.Fortunately for me, I have no use for any Windows applications. I left that platform years and years ago, and there's nothing there that I need to use in terms of applications.If you don't mind doing a bit more work, is also a great option. It's free and you can. You can even if you want to contribute to the project.What's your take on CrossOver 12.5?
Is it your cup of tea or would you opt for Wine instead? Or are you like me and simply don't need any Windows applications? Tell me in the comments.System Shock 2 for LinuxIt looks like the game System Shock 2 is going to appear on Steam for Linux, according to GamingOnLinux.com. More good news for Linux gamers.
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