CodeWeavers Blogs

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…

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…

25 April 2017 by Jana SchmidJana Schmid

6 Reasons (1 bad) Why You Should Renew CrossOver

So you got your CrossOver renewal notice. Big whoop-de-do. You have 14 days to renew and you’re smart enough to know that even if your CrossOver subscription is expired, CrossOver will continue to work. You know that you will not be able to get updates or support. But, hey, you don’t need that anyway because your Windows software is running as smooth as silk. What you need is five good reasons and one not so good reason to entice you to reach into your wallet, grab your credit card and renew CrossOver today. Well here you go! If you renew within two weeks of your CrossOver subscription expiring, you save 50% off a new one-year subscription.You get a complimentary phone support incident. That means, you can call our support staff one-time, free of…

13 April 2017 by Jana SchmidJana Schmid

To Install or Not Install Windows On A Mac

Are you looking to run Windows apps on your Mac computer? You bought a Mac because of the design and functionality, but there is no native Mac version of your favorite PC game or productivity app. So do you install the latest Windows 10 on your macOS so you can use that one app?  You know you don’t want to have to use a second computer for a single program and there’s no way you’re switching to a PC full-time. In this article I weigh out your options for running your Windows apps on a Mac. We get this question often. At least once or twice a week. Usually a snarky social media comment, but nonetheless we get it. Why would anyone need Windows on a Mac? Well because there's: No Mac version of the softwareBetter games for WindowsAccess to…

10 April 2017 by Jana SchmidJana Schmid

Voting for The Wine Project Sticker is Now Open

Everyone knows the internet is the friendliest place on earth.  Cue Rrrrrrpppppp.  Record scratch. So when the honor of creating a WINE sticker for the Wine development community flew across my desk, you can imagine my pure delight. Cue Om shanti shanti om. Sarcasm. Not only was it decided that I would design the sticker (versus sending it to a graphic design shop), but it was also decided that I would wear these stickers on my sleeve and give the Wine Community, the CodeWeavers Community and anyone with a computer a vote as to which one they would like to represent the Wine Project. #blessed Now you are probably wondering why I am whining (no pun intended), why I begged and pleaded and bribed the owner and CEO of CodeWeavers to hire a…

3 November 2016 by Jana SchmidJana Schmid

The Times Are a Changing

When did it hit me that the times were a changin’ at CodeWeavers corporate Headquarters (and no it wasn’t when Bob Dylan got awarded the Noble Peace Prize for Literature)? Maybe it was when we introduced CrossOver on a platform not in our sandbox – ANDROID. Or when we lost our COO of 14 years to a new career opportunity, or rearranged the office (everyone had to move offices and have a new office mate), or chalk painted furniture, or had an office pet for a day, or when the conference room moved, or the standard monthly company meeting date moved after 20 years in existence (revolution). AND we bribed attendance with bagels instead of donuts. Or was it when everyone went from a Linux or macOS to a Windows system?Just checking to see if you are still…

The Marketing Blues

What’s giving marketing the blues this time of year when the sun is shining and the weather is sweet? Preliminary results of an A/B test we are running. Marketing is no stranger to unexpected A/B test results, like last year when our testing revealed that men don’t like buying softwarefrom women, in our blog post Selling Software, Sexist Google Data and what the actual Hell, Peopleelling Software, Sexist Google Data and what the actual Hell, People.Luckily, the current head scratching data that has been presented to us isn’t of the sexist kind. It’s of the “that’s impossible sort.” Obviously not impossible, because it’s happening, but I have zero rhyme or reason as to why two converting pages on our website, when graphically treated similarly…

CrossOver Android - We Have Bribes

A year ago, we gave you a sneak peak at our CrossOver Android development. At GDC in March, we showed up with CrossOver Android supporting LIMBO and the Steam Client. And with Google’s announcement last week that Chromebooks will soon be supporting Android apps, we wanted to share that its very likely you will soon be able to run Windows applications on Chrome OS with CrossOver Android! Bear in mind that CrossOver Android is still very much a work in progress. We’ve spent the better part of the past two years building the framework for supporting Windows applications on Android, and it's far from finished. But to that point, we’d like to bribe you into telling us what you think should we should focus on for CrossOver Android development. For those…

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