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]

Related articles:
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.

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