CrossOver 8 virtualization software released

Codeweavers has announced the release of CrossOver 8, a new version of its virtualization software for Intel-based Macs. Free for users with active support entitlements, CrossOver 8 comes in Standard and Pro versions for $40 and $70, respectively.

Based on the popular open-source WINE virtualization project, Crossover enables Intel-based Mac users to run Windows application software without needing Windows to be installed first. In this way, it’s distinctly different from other virtualization software like Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion, which requires an operating system to be installed as well.

New application support in CrossOver 8 includes Quicken 2009, Internet Explorer 7 and Photoshop CS2. A number of fixes have been made for MS Office 2003, MS Office 2007, QuickTime 7, Outlook 2000, FrameMaker and other applications. Other improvements include better dual-monitor support, improved copy and paste and more.

The Standard version lets Macs run all CrossOver-supported Windows apps. The Pro version includes CrossOver Games, enhanced deployability features, multi-user support and more.

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