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Microsoft Windows Software Now Available for Desktop Linux Users with Debut of CrossOver Office for Linspire
Dozens of PC Applications, Including Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, Accessible on Linspire Desktop Linux

ST. PAUL, Minn., and SAN DIEGO, February 8, 2006 - CodeWeavers, Inc., the leading Windows-to-Linux software developer, and Linspire, Inc., maker of the easy-to-use desktop Linux operating system, today announced the release of CrossOver Office 5.0 for Linspire. Linspire users who purchase CrossOver Office can run dozens of Windows applications, including Microsoft Office 2003, Adobe Photoshop and Intuit's Quicken and QuickBooks, natively from their Linspire desktop Linux operating system. For more information about CrossOver Office 5.0 for Linspire, visit

    "Businesses tell us they want to switch to the desktop Linux operating system to reduce total cost of ownership or improve security, but it's the thought of losing one or two software applications - like QuickBooks or Microsoft Project - that holds them back," said Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire, Inc. "CrossOver Office is genius because it removes that hesitation from the equation. Yes, you can still use Quicken or Microsoft software on your Linspire machine, but you don't have to overpay for a Windows operating system license to do it."

    CrossOver Office allows Linspire users to install popular Windows productivity applications and plugins in Linspire without needing a Microsoft operating system CD or license. CrossOver Office includes an easy-to-use, single-click interface, which makes installing Windows applications simple and fast. Once installed, the application will integrate directly with the Linspire environment - users just click the application icon or name to launch, exactly as they would in Windows. Any documents created using CrossOver Office applications may be opened and edited with other native Linux programs, such as or GIMP.

    CrossOver Office has become the essential productivity utility for millions of Linux users around the world by supporting the seamless, dependable installation and operation of scores of top-name Windows applications natively within Linux. Microsoft Office, Outlook, Visio, and Internet Explorer, as well as Adobe's Photoshop and Dreamweaver, Intuit's Quicken and QuickBooks, and Lotus Notes, are just some of the many popular applications that can be used on Linux desktops via CrossOver Office.

    "Linspire’s power and ease of use, combined with its easy retail availability, has puts it among the leaders in the fast growing Linux operating system category," said Jeremy White, chief executive officer of CodeWeavers, Inc. "CrossOver Office for Linspire will make it even easier for potentially millions of Windows desktop users - enterprise and individual alike - to make the switch to Linux."

Currently Supported Applications

    CrossOver Office can run a range of Windows software, but CodeWeavers fully supports the following applications:

  • Microsoft Office 2003, XP, 2000, and 97
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Project
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Lotus Notes 5.0 and 6.5.1
  • Quicken
  • iTunes
  • FrameMaker
  • Web Browser Plugins
  • QuickTime
  • Shockwave Director
  • Windows Media Player 6.4
For more supported applications, please visit

Pricing and Availability

    CrossOver Office 5.0 Standard is now available for Linspire users via Linspire's one-click CNR software download service. CNR subscribers may purchase CrossOver Office for Linspire for $39.95. CNR Gold subscribers may purchase CrossOver Office for a further discounted price of $34.95. To purchase CrossOver Office for Linspire, please visit

About CodeWeavers, Inc.

    Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers today focuses on the development of Wine and other Linux programming solutions. The company’s goal is to bring expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by making it easier, faster, and more painless to port Windows software to Linux. 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, log on to

About Linspire, Inc.

    Linspire, Inc. ( was founded in 2001 to bring choice into the operating system market. The company's flagship product, the Linspire operating system, is an affordable, easy-to-use Linux-based operating system for home, school, and business users. Linspire pioneered CNR ("click and run") Technology, which allows Linspire users access to thousands of software programs, each of which can be downloaded and installed with just one mouse click. The more than 2,400 software titles available in the CNR Warehouse ( include full office and productivity suites, games, multimedia players, photo management software, accounting tools, and more.

For more information about CodeWeavers, please contact:

Deborah Schaller
S&S Public Relations

For more information about Linspire, please contact:

Heather MacKenzie
Linspire, Inc.
858-587-6700, ext. 263
858-587-8095 Fax

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