Those of you familiar with Wine will enjoy working with CrossOver Mac. This application allows you to run programs written for Microsoft Windows without actually installing the operating system.
CrossOver Mac includes a Wine software library of Windows programs that it can run. You'll find very popular applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Quick or Windows Media Player. Be aware though that you'll still need the program installer to actually install any application.
CrossOver Mac will create bottles, which are essentially Windows environments, for the programs you install. These include their own C drive, subdirectories and registry.
Since CrossOver Mac is not truly a virtual environment, it can launch applications much faster. The downside to this is that you never really feel like you are using Windows. Another problem with CrossOver Mac is that software unsupported by Wine either won't work or will be unstable.
CrossOver Mac lets you install and run Windows applications on your Mac.
- What's New Version 12.0: CrossOver now incorporates our experimental Mac Driver. With the Mac Driver, Windows programs running under CrossOver no longer have to use the X Window System to interact with the screen and keyboard. This feature is currently experimental but will become the way all CrossOver applications work on OS X in the future. CrossOver has improved font handling for fonts used by certain applications, such as National Mah Jongg League Online. Application Support: CrossOver now supports World of Tanks. CrossOver now supports Quicken 2013. CrossOver now supports installation of .Net 4.0. Improvements to Microsoft Office: Fixed a crash displaying certain email messages in Outlook 2010. Outlook 2010 will now save passwords. Improved Gmail and other IMAP connections with Outlook 2007. Fixed auto-discovery during account configuration for Outlook 2007. PowerPoint 2010 now displays equations in slide shows. PowerPoint 2010 no longer displays blank slides. Fixed bugs in Word 2010 which caused the equation editor to be missing structures and formulas. Fixed a bug in Word 2010 related to footnote style choices. Project 2007 and 2010 can now edit dates for recurring tasks. Fixed a crash in Project 2010 when filtering by resource name. Visio 2002 can now search for new shapes. Visio 2010 now displays properly when multiple shapes are open. Star Trek Online is now faster during game updates. Quicken 2009 no longer has garbled text on its buttons. An issue with installation of .Net 3.5 SP1 was resolved. World of Warcraft has had fixes related to patching and installation. CrossOver and Wine: CrossOver is now based on Wine 1.5.15. CrossOver's built-in web-browser will offer to download and install ActiveX controls. CrossOver now comes bundled with the Wine-Mono package, an alternative implementation of the .Net API. CrossOver now implements Raw Input, the set of APIs used for mouse input by games like Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, and others. Support for printing on a variety of paper sizes has been improved. DirectSound has a new resampler, for higher quality audio. CrossOver now has sub-pixel font anti-aliasing.