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5 June 2018 by James RameyJames Ramey  

Linux — The Final Frontier | Part Two

“You judge a man by the tools he uses to get the job done.”  My dad shared this wisdom with me when I was 10 or 11.  He was a farmer.  He grew up and spent much of his life in North Dakota.  He was an incredibly hard working man with an endless work ethic.  And he was quick at sizing up the people around him.  When I inquired as to ‘why?’, he simply stated that a smart man chooses the right tool for the job and puts that tool to good work.  Somehow, someway, this advice has stuck with me for over 35 years, and my dad’s wisdom holds true to this day.  It’s simple but true.  A smart man picks the best available tool for the job and puts it to good work by making it an extension of him. >>>…

1 June 2018 by James RameyJames Ramey  

Linux — The Final Frontier | Part One

The migration from macOS to Linux – The start of the journey!President’s Log  — Start Date:  06/01/2018 I lied to myself, to my family, and to my friends as my reasoning for joining the CodeWeavers team. I told them (and myself) that I joined CodeWeavers because of their mission, their people, the compensation, and the flexibility that comes with working for a technology company.  But if I’m honest, I was most drawn to the 15” MacBook Pro that came with the position.  My CEO was smart about it too.  He brought the MacBook into the interviews.  He showed it off to me.  He even allowed me to test it out a bit.  It made me want to be the Vice President of Sales at CodeWeavers.  >>>…

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…

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…

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…

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