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CodeWeavers Releases CrossOver Office 2.0

Apr 22, 2003, 14:30 (18 Talkback[s])

CodeWeavers, Inc. has announced the release of CrossOver Office Version 2.0, which enables Linux users to run almost all of Microsoft Office XP, Adobe Photoshop 7, and Microsoft Access without the need for a Windows emulator or OS license.

In addition, the new release will accommodate double-byte languages, allowing Japanese, Chinese, and Korean versions of Windows applications to operate under CrossOver Office.

The release, which was originally scheduled for April 14, will run all Office XP components save for Outlook XP. CodeWeavers has indicated that this capability will be present in the next version of CrossOver Office.

In addition to Office XP, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Access, CrossOver Office supports Lotus Notes; Intuit's Quicken; Microsoft Outlook (pre XP), Visio, Internet Explorer; and more.

"With Version 2.0 of CrossOver Office, CodeWeavers is expanding its support for today's most in-demand professional applications," said Jeremy White, CodeWeavers founder and CEO, in a press statement. "CrossOver Office continues to prove its value at many of the world's most progressive companies due to its reliability and ease of use-not to mention its ability to lower costs throughout the enterprise."

Cal Erickson, an Independent Professional Photographer, agreed. "CrossOver's support of Photoshop will be a key component in many firms' strategies to move towards a pure Linux production environment." Erickson said. "In the graphics industry, being able to work in Photoshop is a fundamental requirement. With CrossOver, they now get the best of both worlds."

By eliminating the need for Windows emulators and Microsoft OS licensing fees, CodeWeavers contends that CrossOver Office saves Linux-based organizations significant software investment costs. The company believes that enterprises save two ways: the low costs associated with Linux, plus direct access to Windows-based products without purchasing additional transitional software.

Double-byte language support opens a large and potentially very receptive Linux market in the Pacific Rim to CrossOver sales.

"Linux is a huge opportunity in countries like China, Japan, and Korea. We feel that CrossOver's new double-byte support will significantly enhance our sales efforts in these very important, very Linux-friendly markets," said White.

CrossOver Office Version 2.0 supports all major Linux distributions including Red Hat Linux 9, Mandrake Linux 9.0, and SuSE Linux 8.1. The product is priced at $54.95 per use, with workgroup, site, and enterprise license discounts available. CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office Version 2.0 is currently available for purchase from the CodeWeavers website.

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