CodeWeavers makes no bones about this trade-off. On its Web site, the company says that CrossOver "runs some Windows applications very well, some so-so, and some not at all." The company Website has an extensive list of Windows applications rated gold, silver, bronze, and "known not to work," according to how well they run in Mac OS X and Linux with CrossOver. When you install CrossOver, the software tells you which Windows applications are supported.
With each new build of CrossOver, CodeWeavers focuses on the Windows applications that users say they want to run. The CodeWeavers Website lets you vote for the applications that you want to see working better. As of this writing, the game Left 4 Dead (Steam) was No. 1; Internet Explorer 8 was No. 5.
CrossOver comes in two versions: CrossOver and CrossOver Games, each in Mac and Linux versions. CrossOver focuses on optimizing Windows business applications to run. CrossOver Games is optimized for gaming. CodeWeavers also offers a bundle that includes both, CrossOver Professional ($70), which also comes with a year of tech support.
CodeWeavers promises a major new version during the first part of this year, CrossOver 9. The company said that the upgrade will run more Windows applications, and it will do so more cleanly. The new version will focus on improving support of Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office, including fuller support for Excel macros and other smaller Office features. There will also be a user interface revamp.
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