ST. PAUL, MN-(April 22nd, 2003)-CodeWeavers, Inc., the leading Windows®-to-Linux® software developer, announced today the release of CrossOver Office? Version 2.0, now enabling Linux users to run Microsoft Office XP*, Adobe Photoshop® 7, and Microsoft Access without the need for a Windows emulator or OS license. In addition, the new release will accommodate double-byte languages, allowing Japanese, Chinese, and Korean versions of Windows applications to operate under CrossOver Office.
CrossOver Office, introduced in 2002, has become a highly popular solution for individuals and organizations wanting to run key Windows applications in the Linux operating environment. In addition to Office XP, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Access, CrossOver Office supports Lotus Notes; Intuit's Quicken; Microsoft Outlook®*, Visio®, and Internet Explorer; and more.
"With Version 2.0 of CrossOver Office, CodeWeavers is expanding its support for today's most in-demand professional applications," said Jeremy White, CodeWeavers founder and CEO. "CrossOver Office continues to prove its value at many of the world's most progressive companies due to its reliability and ease of use-not to mention its ability to lower costs throughout the enterprise."
Cal Erickson, an Independent Professional Photographer, agreed. "CrossOver's support of Photoshop will be a key component in many firms' strategies to move towards a pure Linux production environment." Erickson said. "In the graphics industry, being able to work in Photoshop is a fundamental requirement. With CrossOver, they now get the best of both worlds."
By eliminating the need for Windows emulators and Microsoft OS licensing fees, CrossOver Office saves Linux-based organizations significant software investment costs. Enterprises save two ways-the low costs associated with Linux, plus direct access to Windows-based products without purchasing additional transitional software.
Key Applications for Growing Businesses
Microsoft Office XP is quickly becoming a cornerstone office productivity application in most enterprises today. Office XP includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint®. Microsoft Access, a component of Office XP Professional as well as a stand-alone application, is a favorite database management solution for small-to-medium sized businesses as well as workgroups in larger organizations. "We see Access as a key piece of corporate infrastructure that needs an open-source portability option, in the same way that SuSE Linux's Openexchange Server 4 has provided a migration route away from Microsoft's Exchange Server," said White. "By making legacy database applications available under Linux, we remove barriers to broader Linux adoption in many workplaces."
Similarly, support for Adobe Photoshop 7 and double-byte languages broadens the appeal of CrossOver in several market segments. Photoshop is a critical tool for movie and animation studios, publishing houses, advertising agencies, graphic design firms and more. Double-byte language support opens a large and potentially very receptive Linux market in the Pacific Rim to CrossOver sales.
"Linux is a huge opportunity in countries like China, Japan, and Korea. We feel that CrossOver's new double-byte support will significantly enhance our sales efforts in these very important, very Linux-friendly markets," said White.
CrossOver Office Version 2.0 supports all major Linux distributions including Red Hat 9.0, Mandrake 9.0, SuSE 8.1 Linux. The product is priced at $54.95 per use, with workgroup, site, and enterprise license discounts available. CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office Version 2.0 is currently available for purchase from the CodeWeavers website. For more information about CrossOver Office or any of CodeWeavers' other Windows-to-Linux solutions, visit www.codeweavers.com, or call (651) 523-9300.
*Outlook XP is not supported in CrossOver Office Version 2.0, but will be supported in next version of CrossOver Office.
About CodeWeavers, Inc.:
Founded in 1996, CodeWeavers develops, markets and supports solutions for Linux-based systems. The Company brings expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by making it easier, faster, and more cost-effective to port Windows software to Unix. CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota, California, the Netherlands, and Germany. The company is privately held. For more information about CodeWeavers, visit www.codeweavers.com.
CrossOver Office is a trademark of CodeWeavers, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. Lotus Notes is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation and/or IBM Corporation. TrueType is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are owned by their respective companies.