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. From JEG-
    “Shocking that Access is not here. That is a huge app. There are a lot of customized apps running on it”

    No no no no – Please stay as far away from Access as you possibly can. If you need a database app use a real database like MSSQL, Oracle, MySQL (free), etc…

    If you need a spreadsheet, use Excel

    If you need a pretty looking front end on top of a REALhire a REALsoftware developer to use a REALprogramming language.

    Trust me on this – in the long run, it’s the right choice for so many reasons that I can’t get into here.

    (PS: REALbasic is a good easy to use dev environment for the mac.)

  2. Outlook 2003 seems like the big deal here, since, like 99.99% of the business absolutely requires this program for their cube drones. I had to laugh at remedy, though. It would be cool to create Windows troubleshooting tickets on a gleaming white and pristine imac.

  3. DreamTheEndless:
    Pay me for a course on MySQL, please. Access is the Macintosh of databases (I can hear the hisses). Anyone can sit down and start using it. I consider myself halfway smart, but I really don’t know how to compile and install MySQL, let alone set shit up at the command line. I want to see Access on the list.

  4. Ironic that the ability to run Microsoft Project on a Mac comes at the same time Omni Group and Merlin both release decent project management apps.

    Remedy is a nice touch for Corporate IT though ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. So with a $40 investment I can run VISIO on my Mac and not on the old Dell junk we have??? THAT is worth the price of admission by itself.

    By the way – The comments on MDN are becomming nothing more than personal attacks and trash talk. I do comment from time to time when I think I have something productive to say but I am starting to avoid the comments. Its becomming hard to find good information among all the personal attacks and insulting language.

  6. Hmm, too bad well over half of the software on that short list already has a native OS X version. Greatly improve/increase the compatibility with a wider selection of Windows only software and then they might have a sale. But not before then.

  7. I can’t seem to muster much enthusiasm for this product – I know MDN and others are lauding it – but all this time and it runs MSOffice, Quicken, Photoshop 7, and the world’s worst program – Lotus Notes. This technology seems more trouble than it’s worth. Virtualization or dual-boot hard drives seems much more convenient than re-configuring Windows programs one at a time. Maybe I’m missing something here…

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