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Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Early CrossOver Feedback
6:56 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Macintouch has posted some early reader feedback of Codeweaver's recently released public beta of its CrossOver software. The program allows Intel Mac owners to run PC software without the need to install a copy of Windows.

While the Windows UI is ugly in an Aqua window, it gives a Mac user the ability directly to compare Mac and WIndows versions of the same software. If anything, CrossOver can do many things: provide Classic-like support for Mac apps that will not be Carbonized or upgraded to UB, that have Windows counterparts (think PageMaker 7.x PC running in OS X via CrossOver); bring multitudes of PC only apps (think GAMES) to the Mac; provide a benchmark environment for comparing Mac vs. PC functions, performance and features; and spur talk about the differences between the platforms.

This last point is very exciting, I think, as we gain the ability to compare Mac vs. Windows software, the interface differences starkly contrast. And it is apparent that performance issues can finally be discussed at a new level. Show a PC user the Windows interface running in an Aqua window next to the same app with a native Mac interface, and they will begin to get the message. Developers will beging to get a better understanding of the differences between the two UI's, and be stimulated to move their software to a native Mac version. I think that the worst scenario is that a bunch of ugly Windows software will start showing up with just a CrossOver style wrapper (one company is starting to do this with games--I forget their name) included.

More commentary on the virtualization software is available at the link listed below.

Macintouch CrossOver Reader Feedback

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