CodeWeavers releases CrossOver Mac RC 2: runs Windows apps on Mac OS X without Microsoft Windows

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver Mac Release Candidate 2 which allows you to install many popular 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 run compatible Windows applications without Microsoft Windows.

Adding new Windows software is easy. Just place your install 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 Release Candidate 2 changes:

• The beginnings of an audio input service (works only for small test applications. CodeWeavers plans to expand the feature in future versions)
• Support for Quickbooks 2000-2004
• A minor adjustment for the ‘My Mac Desktop’ target within file dialogs
• A minor improvement to the web browser in Quicken 2007.

More info:

[Attribution: MacNN]

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CrossOver Mac runs Windows applications on Mac OS X without Microsoft Windows – August 31, 2006


  1. Agreed Andy. When you look at the compatibility list, at least 85% of it are apps that are also available natively for OS X. Sadly, CrossOver just doesn’t have much practical use at all.

    You’d be a lot better off to use your money toward Parallels Desktop, and find an old copy of Windows 2000 lying around somewhere to install as a virtual machine. And if you’re a Windows gamer, Boot Camp is the only way to go.

  2. I don’t agree that this software is useless just because supported applications have Mac versions. New Mac users may be overwhelmed with the costs of “crossgrading”. Crossover is actually an economical solution.

  3. “Yo, Fredder5 and mad cow — Man, don’t be haters!”

    Hi Caladryl. I’ll forgive them.
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    What I like about Crossover is that it makes Windows obsolete. I had to buy a windows license togehter with my Virtual PC at that time. I hope I will never have to do this again.

    Sure, CrossOver is not a solution for all windows apps but it’s a start into the right direction.

    Apple should buy CrossOver and make it a part of MacOS X. Win software develloppers and Apple should align their efforts to make software that won’t be ported to Mac, compatible with CrossOver.

  4. As the devs at CodeWeavers continue to add functionality the number of Winblows apps that will run on CrossOver will increase exponentially. CrossOver isn’t all that useful right now but if they can keep at it, it will eventually be a great product.

  5. I’ve used CrossOver for years under Linux, and it is a good product. I haven’t seen any exponential increase in application compatibility, however. It’s more like slow steady improvements. I don’t know how different Vista is compared to XP, but this could add a new wrinkle that CodeWeavers will have to deal with — potentially slowing them down some. It seems that products like Parallels and VMWare may be somewhat ahead with Vista compatibility, but they also have the downside of requiring a Windows license. Not having to have a license is definitely CodeWeavers strong point, as well as the integration with OS X. I hope they keep up the good work and give Mac users another solid choice for running Windows software.

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