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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…

13 June 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

3 Ways to Maximize Your Porting Revenue

One of the questions that I often get when talking with developers looking to port their Windows applications to the Mac or Linux platform is ‘where is the best place to distribute my newly ported software?’.  It’s a logical question.  If you make an investment in your Windows application / game / utility in porting to another platform, you’d naturally like to maximize the return on that investment.  And ideally, you’d like to maximize as quickly as possible.  To start, there is no ideal solution for distribution.  Just like in selling to Windows’ users, it takes research combined with time, effort, and energy to drive revenues.  And while there are significantly fewer applications / games / utilities for Mac…

7 June 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

🦋 Insane CrossOver Install Video Will Give You Butterflies

We’re getting really excited at CodeWeavers with regards to our CrossOver Android Tech Preview.  Our development team has made incredible progress on this product, and we’ve very close to delivering an official release to the Google Play Store (within weeks really).  For those that don’t know, the next official release of CrossOver Android will have support for Office 2010, 2013, and 2016; support for the Steam client; support for countless games (like Wizard101); and support for hundreds of other applications right ‘out of the box’.  Additionally, we’ve spent considerable effort and energy in allowing end users to try countless other Windows applications on their own.  Some of these applications will run.  Some of…

12 May 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

Why Choose CodeWeavers Porting?

At CodeWeavers, we work with nearly 100 Windows software developers in porting their applications to the Mac and Linux platform.  Many of these software companies are looking for ‘new markets’ for their software and that more customers means more sales.  These companies are aggressively seeking out means for generating more revenue; and for these companies, porting just makes sense.  What makes sense for one company may be insurmountable for another Windows developer.  So I ask, “is porting the right solution for your software?”  >>> Is Your Company Getting Its Slice of the Billion $ macOS Market? To be fair, I’m very biased in favor of porting.  I’m not at all objective.  I believe that…

4 May 2017 by Jana SchmidJana Schmid

Is your company getting its slice of the Billion $ macOS market?

If you’re the leader of a software development company who's engineered a successful, Windows-based application, you may have considered porting it to macOS. After all, if you could access a new and lucrative market, your company's sales and profitability should increase, and it could measurably accelerate the growth of your business. Seems simple and appealing enough. But experienced executives know that if something seems simple, it probably warrants closer examination. Since your company is probably an order of magnitude smaller than Oracle, when you decide to pursue a new market, the money for that venture usually comes out of your own pocket. You're presumably comfortable taking risks, but those risks need to be measured. You want a reasonably…

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