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Wine 1.4 Released: Open source technology allows Windows software to be run on Linux and Mac without Windows OS license
Latest version runs Microsoft Office 2010; also includes major performance improvements

GENEVA, Switzerland. (March 7, 2012) — The Wine Project ( announced today the release of Wine 1.4., representing a major step forward for the landmark open source project. Wine allows users to run Windows software on Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X, without the need of a Windows operating system license. The latest version of Wine includes support for a wide range popular software applications, including Microsoft’s flagship Office 2010 product.

“Wine 1.4 is our finest version of Wine to date, and represents the hard work of hundreds of contributors from around the world,” said Alexandre Julliard, the Project’s Maintainer. “In addition to support for Microsoft Office 2010, we have also completely re-developed Wine’s DIB Engine, meaning that bitmaps and other graphics-intensive processes will run faster and cleaner than ever before. Wine also supports many more Windows applications. As such, 1.4 represents a major step forward—more than 16,000 patches worth—over the previous 1.0 and 1.2 releases.”

Wine 1.4 is available as a free download directly from the Wine Project’s website ( A commercial, supported version of Wine 1.4 is also the core of CodeWeavers’ CrossOver XI product, which was released on 6 March, 2012 (

About the Wine Project

Launched in 1993 as a way to run Windows applications on Linux, Wine has grown into an international effort to make Windows software accessible on Unix-based operating systems. The Wine codebase, of 3 million lines, has over 1,500 contributors in its authors file. Wine now supports compatibility in 44 different languages. For more information on Wine, visit (

About CodeWeavers

Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers focuses on the development of Wine –the core technology found in all of its CrossOver products. 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, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. The company is privately held. For more information about CodeWeavers, log on to

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