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28 January 2011, 11:24

CodeWeavers releases CrossOver 10 "Impersonator"

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CrossOver 10 Logo Minnesota-based CodeWeavers has announced the release of version 10 of its CrossOver products, CrossOver Linux and CrossOver Mac, which are based on the latest stable release of Wine. Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is free open source software that allows users to run Windows applications on Linux and Unix by providing its own native replacements for Windows DLLs. CrossOver 10, which the developers have dubbed "Impersonator", is based on Wine 1.3.9, a development version for what will eventually become Wine 1.4 – the latest development branch release of Wine is version 1.3.12, from 21 January.

Impersonator incorporates nearly 4,500 patches and features the company's new CrossTie technology; this allows users to install a Windows application with a single click. According to CodeWeavers Founder and CEO Jeremy White, CrossTie "builds on and expands on our compatibility profiles so that not only is CrossOver constantly updated with the latest and greatest recipes, those recipes can now be launched with a single click". It does so by communicating directly with the company's compatibility database which lists thousands of software applications.

Other changes include updated language localisations and better application support focused on Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and the Steam games platform from Valve Software. The developers also note that CrossOver Mac and CrossOver Games Mac will no longer run on Mac OS X 10.4 – 10.5 or later is required as it uses the operating system's latest GUI tools. A video overview of CrossOver Mac is available on YouTube.

More details about this major update can be found in the official press release and in the change log. Trial versions are available and existing customers can download the latest version by logging into their account. The standard versions of CrossOver Impersonator products cost £25.99, while the professional versions, which include enterprise features and enhanced support, are available for £44.99.

Founded in 1996, CodeWeavers is the largest corporate sponsor of the Wine Project and shares its own code updates with the Project. Wine source code is available from SourceForge and is licensed under the LGPL. The latest stable release of Wine is version 1.2.2, a bug fix update from the beginning of December 2010.


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