CodeWeavers Blogs

How do you hit a moving target? The Challenge of Supporting Microsoft Office 2016

The struggle is real.  After nearly four years of really hard work to deliver support for Microsoft Office 2016, we’re not quite ‘there’ yet.  Our developers are still struggling with supporting Office 2016 and Microsoft Office 365.  Try as we might, these versions of Office are proving difficult to support.  How difficult?  Imagine trying to take a picture of a cheetah from the back of a flatbed truck that’s screaming across the Serengeti at 90 miles per hour.  Now add a cross-wind and throw in some other animals that need to be swerved around and make this happen in the dark of night.  That’s roughly the challenge that our team is encountering in supporting Office 2016. >>> O CrossOver 17 — How…

7 May 2018 by Brian MathieuBrian Mathieu

'In-Cider' Info: CodeWeavers Working on 64-bit Support for macOS

Starting April 12, users running the current version of macOS High Sierra were greeted with a warning  the first time they launched any non-Apple app that wasn’t 64-bit. See above for what it looks like in CrossOver. Apple has been migrating its software along with its hardware from 32 to 64-bit over the past few years. There are several reasons why transitioning to 64-bit only is inevitable and advantageous: 64-bit apps have access to more memory and allow for much more efficient performance. As Apple introduces new OS-level technologies, they are written for and require 64-bit only apps. When you have the ability to run both 64 and 32-bit apps, all of the libraries, frameworks, and parts of the operating system that the applications rely…

Employee Spotlight — Ulrich Czekalla

He manages development resources at CodeWeavers with his turtle spirit animal as his co-pilot.  He could give a 40-minute presentation on the challenges of an off-grid cabin in winter, with absolutely no preparation; he will never buy two cats and a dog again. He’s a morning person, whose favorite day on the calendar is Boxing Day and least favorite sport to watch is darts. He may have seen a ghost, has never owned a waterbed and his dream car is a Google self-driving car. If you are looking for a suduko player, he’s your man, if you are looking for a karaoke partner he’s not your man. Introducing our talented Canadian Director of Development—Ulrich Czekalla. In his own words: I grew up in Toronto, Canada. I got my first computer in…

Celebrate good times, come on (Let's celebrate)

This May, CodeWeavers will celebrate its 22nd Birthday! That's right folks, we've been around for 22 years. It's time to celebrate! We will be taking the month to share with you an abundance of special offers (sign up here to stay in the know), a glance at the different facets of our corporate culture, fun facts a CrossOver macOS and Linux release and maybe a cake (who am I kidding, of course there will be cake). So stay tuned, you never know what might pop up this month. It's gonna be fun! So bring your good times and your laughter tooWe gonna celebrate your party with you Come on now! Some companies celebrate employee milestones with cupcakes, some get a special parking spot, some might get lunch with the boss, some might be blessed with…

Employee Spotlight — Sergio Andrés Gómez Del Real

He saw snow for the first time when he visited Minnesota in March of 2018, he has a bachelor degree in mathematics and once dreamed of becoming a professional footballer (what we here in the states call soccer). Although he loves dogs (he has two Labradors), a test once told him that his spirit animal is an owl. Surprisingly, when asked if he would rather go to a tropic island or the Arctic, he chose the Arctic. His favorite philosopher is Immanuel Kant and on his to-do list is becoming a vegetarian. Introducing our only developer from Colombia —  Sergio Andrés Gómez Del Real. Name: Sergio Andrés Gómez Del Real Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia Currently Lives: Barranquilla, Colombia In his own words: I studied mathematics and…

27 March 2018 by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White

Sweet sixteen for CrossOver

On March 27th, 2002, we launched CrossOver Office 1.0.  That was a great day for us; it was when the 'modern' version of CodeWeavers was born, and when we were really able to start on our journey to bring Windows compatibility to Linux and Mac users. It was also a very fun day.  You see, I had started out with a business model that depended on Linux on the Desktop taking off, and that there would be a high demand by ISVs for software ports.  We would make our living by helping perform those ports using Wine.  Unfortunately for us, it turns out that Linux on the Desktop did *not* take off (we are still waiting for the year of the Linux Desktop), and so we were struggling.  In fact, we had used up our fiscal cushion, and our last…

Employee Spotlight — Andrew Eikum

He’s a Wine Developer who specializes in audio and video. He despises obligatory gift giving and waiting in lines. Podcasts, coffee and seeing diversity in the Twin Cities are small things that make his day better. If he had to give a 40-minute presentation on anything without any preparation it would be on Nintendo's home console business from the 1980s through the 1990s. The most fun way he has been injured is also the dumbest way he has been injured. Introducing Andrew Eikum—if he had to eat a worm he would Sautee it in butter with onion and garlic. Name: Andrew Eikum Birthplace: Saint Paul, MN Currently Lives: Saint Paul, MN In his own words: I've worked at CodeWeavers for nearly 9 years. I have an easy time remembering this: I changed…

4 March 2018 by Katie GraceKatie Grace

To GM's / DM's, With Love, Katie

For many of us, there is a feeling. A calling. This feeling can’t be dispelled by the pull of reality, but instead transports us to far away lands. The need to adventure thrums deep in our bones and calls us to incredible worlds of magic, science, monsters, dungeons, mystery, and adventure. The imaginary promise of grand tales, loot and impossible feats wet our appetite while the irresistible draw of an intricately woven story intrigues and captivates our imaginations. Some of us, though, go above and beyond this call. In our imaginary worlds, they are the Masters; they are shapers, stage setters, dungeon builders and dragon tamers. Carefully they place each detail for the perfect ambiance; each piece plays a role and it is the Game Master that carefully…

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