Final Thoughts

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

All in all, we liked CrossOver Office a lot. Its very easy to use and will come in handy for Windows users that need to run certain applications but dont want to spend time directly futzing around with Wine. Theres definitely some real value there for people migrating from Windows to Linux. CodeWeavers has provided a free 30-day trial version of CrossOver Office Standard. If youre the type that needs Windows applications in Linux, we recommend that you give it a download and try it out. Youll be glad you did.
Product CrossOver Office Professional 3.0.1
Web Site:
Pros: Lets Linux users run a wide range of Windows applications on their Linux desktops; easy install & configuration.
Cons: Lacks updated version of Windows Media Player; cant use Microsoft Office 2003; unsupported applications may or may not work.
Summary: This is a handy application for Windows users considering migrating to Linux or for current Linux users who need to run Windows programs.
Price: CrossOver Office Professional: $84.95, CrossOver Office Standard: $39.95

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.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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