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Enterprise Linux Today: CodeWeavers Releases CrossOver Office

Mar 27, 2002, 16:00 (76 Talkback[s])

ST. PAUL, MN - (March 27, 2002) - CodeWeavers, Inc. today announced the release of CrossOver Office a breakthrough software solution that allows enterprise-level Linux users to install and operate Microsoft Office and Lotus Notes on their PCs without the Windows operating system.

CrossOver Office eliminates the need for both a Microsoft Windows operating system license and a Windows emulator when running Microsoft Office or Lotus Notes in Linux, thereby giving users a cost effective and easy way to use two of the world's most popular PC business applications.

"CrossOver Office is an ideal solution for any corporate or individual Linux user wishing to run Microsoft Office or Lotus Notes," said Jeremy White, founder and president of CodeWeavers. "This product streamlines the entire Microsoft Office/Lotus deployment challenge for Linux shops and for organizations using both Windows and Linux, significantly reducing costs while giving users the productivity tools they need on either platform. The powerful combination of CrossOver Office and Linux represents a viable, commercially- supported alternative for corporations feeling constrained by Windows XP's restrictive and cumbersome licensing scheme but wishing to continue using popular Windows applications."

Until now, Linux PC users who wished to operate MS Office or Lotus Notes were forced to install a Windows emulator, then a licensed copy of Microsoft Windows and finally the desired application. With CrossOver Office, individuals and businesses can go directly to Notes or Office, speeding deployment, reducing costs, and improving the overall user experience.

CrossOver Office is being marketed to enterprise customers migrating to the Linux OS, IT consultants specializing in desktop management, VARs as well as Internet appliance and thin client users.CrossOver Family of Products Represent a Breakthrough for the Linux Desktop

CrossOver Office expands the CrossOver family line started by CrossOver Plugin(TM) CrossOver Plugin gives Linux desktop users access Web content previously only available on Windows PCs, including QuickTime, Shockwave, and Windows Media(R) Player content.

"By making it simpler to use Windows software on Linux, CodeWeavers has knocked down a major barrier to the growth of the Linux desktop" said Rick Lehrbaum, Executive Editor of DesktopLinux.com. "This will help many organizations choose the power, flexibility, and value of the Linux desktop."

"Version 1.0 of CrossOver Office is only the beginning. We plan on rapidly introducing support for several more major Windows productivity applications throughout 2002," said White. "As CrossOver Office's list of supported applications expands, CodeWeavers will further strengthen the Linux operating system's position as a viable competitor in the desktop operating system market."

CrossOver Office is priced at $54.95 per user, with workgroup, site and enterprise license discounts available. For additional information and to purchase CrossOver Office or other Windows-to-Linux porting solutions, visit www.codeweavers.com.

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