ST. PAUL, MN — (December 20, 2006) — CodeWeavers, Inc., the leading developer of software products that turn Mac OS X and Linux into Windows-compatible operating systems, today announced a partnership with The Douglas Stewart Company aimed at bringing CodeWeavers’ upcoming CrossOver Mac to colleges and universities across North America. The new relationship is expected to generate thousands of new unit sales of CrossOver Mac, a product which enables users to run popular Windows applications natively on the Mac OS X operating system.
The Douglas Stewart Company is a worldwide leader in product distribution to academic resellers at all levels, from colleges and universities to the K-12 market. The company offers its marketing and distribution expertise to vendors of more than 10,000 diverse products, and specializes in developing national advertising and marketing programs for the education market.
“CodeWeavers’ CrossOver Mac is a groundbreaking product that will be of immense interest to college students and university faculties alike,” said Jack Bahlman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Douglas Stewart Company. “A huge number of Windows products are used at universities today, and not all come in Mac versions. Considering that Mac computers—especially the MacBook Pro—continue to leap off shelves at college bookstores and other retail outlets, this is a product students and professors alike will find indispensable.”
CrossOver Mac, due for release at Macworld 2007 in early January, is a reasonably-priced software utility that enables many of the most popular Windows applications to install natively on the Mac OS X operating system, without the presence of Microsoft Windows. Hundreds of Windows applications are currently supported by CrossOver Mac, from the Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Photoshop to Intuit’s Quicken and QuickBooks, Lotus Notes, Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike.
“Many Windows-based scientific, math and technical applications simply don’t have a Mac counterpart at the present time. CrossOver Mac can help users make the most of their Windows-only software while staying true to the Mac,” said Jeremy White, CEO of CodeWeavers. “CodeWeavers has helped hundreds of thousands of Linux users effectively and legally circumvent Windows licensing issues at one-quarter the cost of a Windows license through its proven CrossOver technology. We look forward to doing the same for the collegiate Mac community through the release of CrossOver Mac.”
The Douglas Stewart Company serves over 3,000 retail customers in the United States and Canada. According to the company, 12% of all North American notebook PC sales are Macs; the largest portion of these sales are in the academic market, indicating the strong and growing interest in Macs among college students.
CodeWeavers and The Douglas Stewart Company intend to have boxed product available for college retailers and resellers in time for the Winter 2007 academic semester. Retailers and customers are encouraged to download the beta version of CrossOver Mac for evaluation; interested buyers can also add their names to a pre-order list at the CodeWeavers Web site, www.codeweavers.com.
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 www.codeweavers.com.
About The Douglas Stewart Company:
The Douglas Stewart Company (www.dstewart.com) is the largest distributor and marketer of computer products, consumer electronics and school supplies exclusively serving the education market. The Douglas Stewart Company links more than 185 manufacturers with over 4,500 academic resellers in the United States and Canada. Based in Madison, WI and founded in 1950, The Douglas Stewart Company is a privately held, woman-owned business.