Latest CrossOver Release Supports Linux, Adds Mac

News Analysis: The new and improved CrossOver brings even more Windows programs-including games-to Linux and now Intel-based Macs as well. (DesktopLinux)

Although youve always been able to run some Windows programs on Linux thanks to the Wine Project, CodeWeavers made that easier to do with its CrossOver Office line. Now, in a major new release and name change, CodeWeavers is introducing CrossOver Linux 6.0 and CrossOver Mac 6.0.

Both programs let users run many popular Windows programs on x86—and some 64-bit-based—Linuxes and Macs. In the past, CrossOver has been known best for its support for such common Windows business programs as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Quicken. This new version brings a more fun side of CrossOver to the fore: games.

CrossOver now incorporates substantially improved support for many popular games, including World of Warcraft and many Steam-based titles such as Half-Life 2 and Counterstrike. As president and CEO Jeremy White wrote in an e-mail note about this new release, "I can attest that World of Warcrac...er craft is the most well tested application we have ever supported."

White added, "We feel that its important to provide quality support for game titles such as this, and weve labored to provide a very high-quality level of playability under our product for World of Warcraft, as the shattered productivity of our own office can attest!" As part of this, CrossOver now boasts far better Direct3D Windows graphics performance.

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