Run Office 2010 or Quicken 2012 for Windows on your Mac without having to pollute it with Windows

“Codeweavers has announced the launch of CrossOver XI, its commercial port of the open-source Wine application that allows Linux and Mac users to run Windows applications without having to install Windows itself,” Nick Peers reports for BetaNews. “CrossOver XI sees the two previously available separate editions of CrossOver, Games and Pro, incorporated into a single application, and includes numerous platform updates and improvements. It also promises support for a wider range of applications than before, including Microsoft Office 2010.”

Peers reports, “CrossOver XI introduces official support for Microsoft Office 2010 and Quicken 2012 applications, while all .NET Frameworks from 1.1 to 3.5 are now supported. There is also a large number of improvements for applications already supported, including various iterations of Microsoft Office products, DirectX 9 and Steam… CrossOver XI is available as a free 14-day trial download for Macs running OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later, and Linux. Codeweavers has also announced that CrossOver XI will be the last version to support Leopard users – future releases will required OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later. Prices start from $39.95 depending on the length of free upgrades and support required.”

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  1. And why would I want office 2012 in my computer?
    My work is FORCING ME to use a Lenovo notebook, 4 cores, 4Gb of ram, it cam e pre loaded with windows 7 and Office 2010, but I had to downgrade it to XP 64 and office 2003 because the damn thing was running like a 20 years old computer and office 2010 took like an hour to start and every single menu was move so you need to figure out all over again how to do exactly the same stuff you used to do with the much slim version 2003.

      1. I wouldn’t doubt it really.
        it’s not Lenovo, it’s MS bloatware. it’s why MS allowed companies to downgrade to XP when they purchase a system with Vista/7 on it. one of the big reasons XP still out numbers Vista/7 installs…

    1. Because unfortunately, MS keeps specific elements of Office to themselves and no one offers those features anywhere else.
      Excel for Mac does not have the ability to do web queries, to automatically update your spreadsheet with newer data like the Windoze version.

  2. Running Windows in a virtual machine using VMware Fusion, from a disk image “hard drive,” is a better (more compatible) way to keep that “pollution” contained and isolated. I use a Windows XP system that I converted from an existing “real” installation. It also lets me safely mess around with Linux, and even more obscure stuff, such as Haiku.

    1. ken1W was probably refering to having taken an existing install of Windows XP on a computer and creating a disk image of the hard drive and then pointing VM Fusion to the disk image created, VMware or Parallels will then import it as a Windows instalation to opperate under it. You will have all of your software etc preinstalled from that previous computer setup.

      1. Yes, but not only in converting an existing Windows system for use with VMware Fusion. Even if you run a new installation of Windows through WMware Fusion, it creates a file that is a disk image. It gets mounted and Windows uses it like it was a hard drive volume. Therefore, everything “Windows” is contained within that file. You can have it access your Mac volumes directly, but that is optional.

        Also, WMware Fusion has a feature that converts an existing Windows installation, and creates one of those disk image files for use by WMware Fusion. It’s like running that system on a real PC, except it’s now running on your Mac under Mac OS X (through WMware Fusion). That’s key, because I don’t want to pay for a new Windows license, which I would need to do if to use Apple’s BootCamp.

    1. I was one of the happy receivers of a free copy. But then I went all geeky on X11 and MacPorts, moving over to using WINE and Crossover’s contributions directly, for free. The Crossover stuff lags in time via MacPorts, but I’ve never expected the project to be up-to-date with the latest Windows support.

  3. Crossover unfortunately is not supporting our brave database ACT! Version 6. Even it is a simple flatfile database wit no .NET and so on – crash after crash, what shame. Since there is no similar simple yet powerful app on the Mac we have to keep several PCs. And yes, I tested all the so-called Mac alternatives since I love my Macs much more than the PCs. But truly nothing what can compete with ACT! 6.

    1. The WINE project is open source, including Crossover’s contribution. Crossover don’t run the project. They simply sell an easier to install and use shell around WINE.

      The best you can do is pester the WINE project to focus on ACT! functionality, which they will do if they feel like it. Such is the nature of open source. Ideally, the folks who developer ACT! could assist with adding functionality to the project.

  4. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that MS Acess 2010 now works under CrossOver XI (my wife requires MS Publisher for work). It all works quite speedily on my 2009 Mac Mini.

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