CodeWeavers Expands Developer Services,
Enabling Future Windows Application Porting To Mac OS
CodeWeavers’ CrossOver Technology, Combined with Apple’s Move to Intel x86
Chips, Creates Lucrative New Possibilities for Mid-Tier Windows Developers
SAINT PAUL, MN – (June 22, 2005) – CodeWeavers, Inc., the leading
Windows-to-Linux software developer, today announced a major expansion of
its software porting capabilities to include support for
Windows-to-Macintosh application porting. The new capabilities, made
possible by Apple’s eventual move to Intel x86 chips, promises to
significantly reduce the time and cost of developing Mac versions of
Windows software, opening new possibilities for mid-tier Windows software
“Apple’s decision to shift to Intel chips is good news for many Windows
developers who, for reasons of time and/or expense, have never created Mac
versions of their key applications,” said Jeremy White, CEO of CodeWeavers.
“CodeWeavers can give these developers a low-cost and near-instant path to
market through the use of CrossOver technology.”
CodeWeavers is well-known for its CrossOver and CrossOver Office
productivity tools which enables Windows applications to run natively on
all popular flavors of Linux. Over 100,000 of Linux desktop users around
the world use CrossOver Office every day to run many of the most popular
Windows applications, from Microsoft Office to Intuit’s Quicken and
Macromedia Dreamweaver, flawlessly under Linux. Even more, Windows
developers have benefited by using CrossOver technology to easily create
Linux versions of their products.
“By using CrossOver as part of GUPTA’s Team Developer suits, GUPTA’s global
community of some 14,000 developers has been able to port popular business
applications to reach new markets quickly, at a fraction of the costs
required to do a traditional port,” said Charles W. Stevenson, chief
technical officer of GUPTA Technologies LLC.
Until now, however, despite the fact that both CrossOver and the Mac
operating system are built atop UNIX, CrossOver was restricted to
Windows-to-Linux application porting because the tool requires Intel CPUs
for optimal operation, and Apple desktops have historically used IBM
Now, with Apple’s announcement of its intention to move to Intel chips in
2006, developers will soon be able to use CrossOver Office to port their
Windows applications to the Mac OS without incurring the sizable time and
expense of creating a separate, Mac-centric application.
Mac Users Also Benefit
The impending architectural changes for Mac computers also bodes well for
legions of Macintosh users who wish to run Windows applications even when
no Mac version is available. By installing CrossOver Office on Intel-based
Macs, many Windows-only applications, including Windows-based games,
utilities, and business applications, will operate seamlessly and reliably.
Multiple Developer Options
Software companies and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who wish to
license CrossOver technology can instantly gain an installation and support
framework that will ensure native use on the Mac OS, with no re-writing of
the application itself. In situations where a full license of CrossOver is
not indicated, developers can also retain CodeWeavers to create custom Mac
versions of their apps using portions of CrossOver.
For more information about how CodeWeavers’ CrossOver technology can
simplify Windows-to-Mac application usage, visit 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
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