CrossOver Mac runs Windows applications on Mac OS X without Microsoft Windows

Apple StoreCodeWeavers’ CrossOver Mac allows you to install your favorite Windows applications and games on Mac OS X. CrossOver includes an easy to use, single click interface, which makes installing Windows software simple and fast. Once installed, your application integrates seamlessly in OS X. Just click and run your application directly from the OS X Finder. Clicking a Windows file or document — including email attachments — will launch the appropriate Windows program, allowing you to work on the files. Best of all, you do it all easily and affordably, without needing a Microsoft operating system license.

Adding your favorite Windows software is easy, using their normal installation CDs. Just place a Windows CD in your Mac, and CrossOver will recognize it and offer to begin the installation process. CrossOver then completes the installation and configures your application to run on your Mac. That’s all there is to it.

CrossOver Mac System Requirements:
• Intel-based Macintosh system running Mac OS X (note: CrossOver will not run on PowerPC systems)
• 120 MB of free disk space

CrossOver Mac is capable of running a range of Windows software without Windows including:
• Microsoft Word 2000
• Microsoft Excel 2000
• Microsoft Excel 97
• Microsoft Word 97
• Microsoft Word Viewer 97/2000
• Microsoft Excel Viewer 97/2000
• Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer 97/2000
• Microsoft Project 2000
• Microsoft Word 2002 (XP)
• Microsoft Excel 2002 (XP)
• Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 (XP)
• Microsoft PowerPoint XP
• Microsoft Outlook 2000
• Remedy Remedy ARS 5.01
• Microsoft Visio 2000
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 and 5.5
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
• IBM Lotus Notes R5
• Adobe Photoshop 7.0
• Intuit Quicken 2002
• Intuit Quicken 2003
• Intuit Quicken 2004
• Microsoft Project 2002
• Microsoft Word 2003
• Microsoft Excel 2003
• Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
• Sierra Steam
• Microsoft Outlook 2003
• Microsoft Project 2003
• Microsoft Outlook 2002 (XP)
• Microsoft Visio 2003
• Intuit Quicken 2005

More info, download link for the free public Beta of CrossOver Mac, and link to pre-order CrossOver Mac (US$39.95) here.

Related articles:
CrossOver Mac runs Windows apps without Microsoft Windows on Apple Macs – July 24, 2006
CrossOver Mac allows Mac users to run Windows apps without Microsoft Windows – July 03, 2006
CrossOver Office for Intel-based Apple Macs hits Alpha – May 25, 2006


  1. If you take out the duplications (eg. MS Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, Word 2003, Word viewer) the list is rather pathetic. Particularly given that MacOS already has an excellent native MS Office suite. It’ll be a *long* time before Wine ever offers any real alternative to running Windows, if ever. Support for every application has to be hand-tweaked, and there’s no way it can keep up. Parallels and its ilk is a far better approach.

  2. If Apple had a built in solution for running Windows apps in OSX without using Windows, and maintaining a very well done UI, and performance, this would be the nuke bomb that would obliterate several companies at once.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see this happen in future versions of OSX, as I think this is a big reason why Apple went Intel.

  3. This product will help sell Mac computers since people will not have to reinvest in software.

    Further, it will alleviate some of the web sites that cannot be accessed with Safari. The only real question I have is regarding security.

  4. I wish people would do their homework on this rather than just blindly slagging it off. This has real promise. The project has been running for a number of years on Linux and now intel Mac osX. It works with a large proportion of apps and it’s still in beta. Jesus, Windows apps don’t always work with the latest version of windows!
    The aim seems to be to get almost all apps to work. I reckon it’s a good thing. Now all I need is an Intel mac ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. If CrossOver could support QuickBooks Premiere 2006 and Pro 2006 (and other prior versions), UPS WorldShip 8.0 and later, I’d get a couple of Mac Mini’s to use for bookkeeping at my store instead of the crap DULL we use now.

    Viva la Macintosh!

    Viva la Revolution!

  6. This is an excellent concept, as is wine. If you can run your existing Windoze applications without havign to run Windoze, and get the OS X experience, that’s a win-win for consumers who switch !

  7. Captain Dumbass:

    No kidding Sherlock! Unfortunately, I’ve already spent money on it from when I was a PC user. There’s no way in hell I’m paying for it all over again on a Mac.

    My good man, you… are an ass. Next time, maybe you won’t make assumptions that someone doesn’t know something. I mean, even if one didn’t know, being able to use the PC version on a Mac has many advantages, including not having to wait until it’s ported. Maybe you should consider not jumping down others throats.


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