Microsoft Office Under Linux

By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2004-06-30 Print this article Print

One of the more common questions experienced Linux users get asked by those considering migrating from Windows to Linux is, "Will my Windows applications run under Linux?" Thanks to the folks at CodeWeavers, the answer to that is yes--for some applications, anyway. The companys CrossOver Office lets you run many important Windows applications such as various versions of MS Office, Internet Explorer, and Quicken. The new 3.0 release institutes a number of changes: CrossOver Office has been split into CrossOver Office Professional and CrossOver Office Standard (were looking at the Pro edition today). Also, CrossOver Plug-In (the browser plug-in product) has been discontinued and blended into CrossOver Office Standard (existing CrossOver Plug-In users have been upgraded to CrossOver Office Standard licensees).
The main differences between the Standard and Professional iterations are that the Pro version includes enhanced deployability features, multi-user support, volume discounts, and enhanced support. Most regular users will probably just want to opt for the Standard version.
In the Pro release, official support has been added for Outlook XP, Microsoft Project, and Notes 6.51. A complete list of changes can be found in the change log on the CodeWeavers site.

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site:

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

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