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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…

6 April 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

Is That a Laptop in Your Pocket? Or is Your Phone Just Really Smart?

If you read my blogs, you know that I am somewhat passionate and somewhat of a strong believer in convergence.  To recap, technology convergence is the concept of having one single device for all your technology needs.  Today, most people have a desktop computer AND a smartphone AND MAYBE a laptop, a tablet, an iPod, an e-reader, a gaming console, a camera, VR, and quite possibly some other device(s) for their growing list of technology needs.   The problem with a segregated technology life is that you end up having bits and bytes (and sometimes chunks) of information and data spread out on various hard drives and/or ‘in the cloud’ AND you have to carry around multiple devices to complete multiple tasks.  Whereas one device, like a…

Microsoft Office on Chromebook Coming in Our Next Android Tech Preview

There is something to be said for progress.  Maybe, it’s the sense of accomplishment.  Maybe, it’s the ability to look back and confirm how far you have come in a relatively short time.  Or maybe, it’s just realizing the potential derived in that moment.  Whatever it is, I’m a fan. It’s been a few months since I wrote a blog about CrossOver Android.  It’s been a few months since I touted the technology and potential of the offering.  But after several months of development, I am writing this blog using the Windows version of Microsoft Office 2013 on an ASUS Flip Chromebook.  And if I am being honest, IT RUNS REALLY WELL!!!!  Our developers have spent hour, upon hour, upon hour building a software for…

6 March 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

Why Windows Software Isn’t Always Available on Mac and Linux

It’s a real mystery, plaguing millions of Mac and Linux users everywhere. Do software companies think several formidable competitors already established?  Do developers assume that their underlying technology is absolutely incompatible with macOS or Linux and therefore foresee a development nightmare?  Do they unknowingly claim that the market is not attractive enough for them?  ISN’T ATTRACTIVE ENOUGH???  And there lies the aforementioned mystery! And my struggle. In an age of declining revenue growth throughout the computer industry, what if I was to give you the opportunity to significantly increase your software sales?  Would you find that ‘attractive’? According to the most recent data on computer shipments…

It's Been a Long Time Coming (and we've been waiting)

With the release of CrossOver 16, CodeWeavers finally makes good on their promise to deliver support for Microsoft Office 2013 on the Mac and Linux platforms. It’s a promise that was initially made in late 2012 and one that has taken over four years of continued and consistent development to fulfill. And now (finally), we have a version 16 of CrossOver that includes this support. With that introduction, I proudly present to you the newest, latest, and greatest version of CrossOver, CrossOver 16.While it would be great to sit back and enjoy this moment (pause), CrossOver 16 ushers in a host of other new and exciting features like 64 bit support; it’s based on Wine 2.0 which includes thousands of improvements to Windows compatibility; Quicken updates now…

7 September 2016 by James RameyJames Ramey

What Lies Ahead for CrossOver Android

The morning of August 25 started off like any other morning in beautiful Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Minnesota State Fair opened its gates to hundreds of thousands of its citizens all looking for Sweet Martha’s Cookies and pork chops on sticks. The weather was unseasonably cool at 73 degrees. And the Minnesota Twins would go on to lose their seventh straight game, this time to the Detroit Tigers, 8 – 5. But as is often the case, history takes place on days like these. Unbeknownst to much of the world, CodeWeavers released its Tech Preview of CrossOverAndroid.CrossOver Android is a utility that allows people to run some Windows applications on their Intel Android device or a select number of Intel based Chromebooks. That description in and of itself…

24 August 2016 by James RameyJames Ramey  

Get ‘Yer Chromebooks Ready! The CrossOver Android Preview Drops Tomorrow.

FINALLY!!!! We have arrived at the cusp of Androidism. It’s taken us two years, nine months, two weeks, and a day to get to this point in the process. At by this time tomorrow, CodeWeavers will release the Tech Preview of CrossOver Android to the select users who signed up for initial access. Over the past two years, nine months, two weeks and a day, the product has changed and changed and changed again all in the hopes of somehow being useful on Android devices. Think about this…When this development started, there were few, if any, Intel based phones. When this development started, there were no Intel based tablets. There was no X86 Android project. There were no Intel based laptops or clamshells. Our development team essentially built a solution…

Great Expectations for CrossOver Android

First of all, thank you to everyone that has written in asking to be part of the upcoming Technology Preview for CrossOver Android. Literally, thousands of people from around the globe have inquired about when this technology will be released and when they can start testing it for CodeWeavers. To that, I am very happy to announce that we have all intentions of releasing the Technology Preview of CrossOver Android before the end of August. While the actual release date is a surprise (to all of us), our developers have assured us that we’ll have *something* to give to our many Android enthusiasts before the end of this month. TO THAT POINT, I think I need to set some expectations for everyone that participates in our Technology Preview. Ramey’s Rules…

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