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CodeWeavers CrossOver Plugin Enables Display Of Windows Browser Plugins, MS Office Files In Linux

Aug 28, 2001, 11:45 (46 Talkback[s])

MOSCONI CONVENTION CENTER, BOOTH 1291-(August 28th, 2001)-CodeWeavers, Inc., a leading Windows-to-Linux software developer and consultancy, announced today the release of CrossOver Plugin, the first Windows-To-Linux adapter for Windows browser plugins and email viewers. The product, unveiled at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo 2001 in San Francisco, enables users to access popular Windows files and plug-ins in Linux, and gives them a new level of convenience and productivity when working in the Linux environment.

CrossOver Plugin is an exclusive CodeWeavers product designed to operate in conjunction with Wine, the well-known open source Windows API (Application Programming Interface) maintained by the company. CrossOver Plugin allows seamless use of Apple QuickTime and Macromedia Shockwave Director on most Linux Web browsers including Netscape and Mozilla; what's more, the adapter allows Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and eFax email viewers to be used with Linux email clients.

"CrossOver Plugin puts two of the most valuable multimedia plugins in the Windows environment onto the Linux desktop," said Jeremy White, founder and president of CodeWeavers. "It also gives business and professional users new flexibility to download and read Microsoft Office and eFax files without the need for a separate Windows platform. CrossOver Plugin is a key component in the drive to give companies a practical, user-friendly Linux solution."

Using proprietary extensions developed by CodeWeavers, CrossOver Plugin interfaces between the Windows application and Wine in order to allow the application to run correctly in Linux. The software supports many common Linux email clients such as Netscape, GNOME Evolution, KDE Kmail, and others. Future versions of CrossOver Plugin are expected to support virtually all Windows plugins and file viewers.

Available at LinuxWorld
CrossOver Plugin is immediately available for download from the CodeWeavers Web site, www.codeweavers.com, at a price of $19.95. A CD version, priced at $29.95, will be ready for mail order purchase in early September; however, CDs are now available to LinuxWorld Conference and Expo 2001 attendees at the CodeWeavers booth.

CodeWeavers is also offering SDKs for CrossOver Plugin as well as licensing agreements that authorize use of the software in embedded applications. For more, visit CodeWeavers at Booth 1291.