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Employee Spotlight — Introducing Vince Lund

As Senior Tech Support, he sits up upon the mezzanine, introduced the company to the Carolina Reaper Madness Chip and has the most eclectic lunchtime spreads. He hates marketing shenanigans, like answering surveys and writing about himself. His spirit animal is a rabbit, he would stay 25 forever and when asked if he could eliminate one thing from his daily schedule, he said driving. Congratulations to this month’s employee spotlight — Vince Lund, who has successfully taken public transportation for six weeks. Name: Vince Lund Title: Senior Tech Support Birthplace: MN Currently Lives: MN In his own words: [Intentionally left blank] What would you name your boat if you had one?The Pathfinder What’s the dumbest way you’ve been…

6 February 2018 by Jana SchmidJana Schmid  

What No One Will Tell You About CrossOver 17.1

We understand that the Windows Quicken version is far superior to the macOS version of Quicken. That’s why, just 63 days since we released our most powerful version of CrossOver yet — we unleash CrossOver 17.1. Now you can run the Windows version of Quicken 2018 on macOS with CrossOver! And that’s not all folks. This update also fixes some critical Microsoft Office 2016 installation and activation bugs. But wait, there’s more. If you were one of the few High Sierra users whose CrossOver stopped working on your macOS with the release of CrossOver 17 — first of all we are sorry! In CrossOver 17.1, this bug has been exterminated. If you have an active CrossOver 17 license and your subscription of CrossOver is expired and CrossOver 17…

28 January 2018 by Jeremy NewmanJeremy Newman

5 Pa$$word Best Practices — Tips and Tricks to Make Managing your Password Less Painful

In this day and age it is paramount to force yourself to adhere to strong password policies. Laziness and hubris would have us use the same easy to remember password everywhere, but don’t do it! It never ceases to amaze me how many people use passwords like: “password”, “1234”, or “qwerty”.  As the System Administrator of CodeWeavers, I’ve put together 5 password protection best practices. Never Reuse! Never EVER use the same password more than once. This one is critical. If one password is figured out, you reduce the potential damage by eliminating duplicates. Use a Password Database. When creating unique passwords everywhere, it becomes near impossible to keep track of all of them unless you have the mind of Sheldon Cooper.…

Employee Spotlight — Introducing V. Povirk

They sit up in the mezzanine with the ninjas, frequent Jimmy John’s for lunch, walk one mile to and from work, live alone in a studio apartment, has never owned a waterbed and untie their shoes before taking them off. They have never kept a New Year’s resolution and would rather live in the Arctic than a tropical island. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you the talented V. Povirk! Name: V. Povirk Title: Developer Birthplace: Pittsburgh Currently Lives: Saint Paul, MN In their own words: I've written code from a very young age, starting with BASIC on DOS and working based on a children's book from my school library. I remember writing a simple program down on paper and being very excited about how the computer would work through the…

O CrossOver 17 — How Lovely is Your Microsoft Office 2016

For 11 months and 23 days (but who is counting) development has been dangling a carrot in front of marketing. After the release of CrossOver 16, 358 days ago, the company decided to make running the Windows version of Microsoft Office 2016 on macOS and Linux priority numero uno (sorry I just got back from Mexico). There have been challenges, like the explosion of CrossOver on Chrome OS and missed release dates (I am talking about you, June missed release date) and the allocation of company resources. Apparently we have mined all the Wine developers on the planet (if we haven’t mined you contact us). And unkempt promises (I'm looking at you activation codes), and fake news (it works, Jana!) and my complicity (this goes all the way to the top — what…

14 November 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

3 Tips for Transitioning to Chromebook — A European Experiment

As I boarded my flight from Minneapolis to Warsaw by way of Paris, I was struck with an eerie feeling that this was the first business trip in ten years where I didn’t have my trusty MacBook by my side.  Not only was I leaving behind all the technology that I knew (and loved), but I was venturing out into the world with little more than a fleeting hope that I’d manage to be as productive and entertained with my newfound Google Chromebook.  Failure to do so would mean I’d spend countless hours in my following weeks catching up on productivity lost.  The mere thought of returning to very late nights hunched over my computer answering e-mail upon e-mail upon e-mail gave me pause that maybe this experiment would have been best served…

New Beginnings: CrossOver on Chrome OS

Today is a very exciting day - we have released an open Beta of CrossOver on Chrome OS, which runs on the Android subsystem of Chrome OS and makes it possible to easily and cleanly run Windows applications on an Intel based Chromebook. This is a particularly satisfying for me, personally.  That is, I have always loved technology best when there is are a lot of vibrant options in the market.  With the launch of CrossOver, we believe that Chrome OS becomes an even more compelling choice. And I love this version of CrossOver; I think it's our cleanest and most elegant version yet.  It's inspired by the simplicity and elegance of Android and Chrome OS; I think it's by far the best CrossOver we've ever made. It's been a long journey - we've…

31 August 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

Is that a defining business model?

Does your business model define your business?  It’s an interesting question that we at CodeWeavers think about regularly.  Our business model is somewhat unconventional compared to those of our competitors.  We offer one technology, CrossOver, which is packaged for two platforms, macOS or Linux, with three levels of support, none or one-year or one-lifetime.  Our customers choose their platform and the level of support, which includes all software updates, upgrades, and help desk, they need for running Windows applications on their macOS or Linux systems.  Experienced customers or customers with older Windows applications (that are rarely or ever updated) tend to select CrossOver One-Version; whereas, most Mac customers and…

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