Crossover

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Crossover review by Sean L.
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"Works great but recommend getting a version with updates and support "

What do you like best?

I love that everything I need to do that is Windows can easily be done on any and all of my MacOS machines. Buy one license and it works across the board. Just sign in with your credentials and go.

What do you dislike?

This is 100% my fault but after a MacOS Developer Beta update, the program is nearly useless - HOWEVER, I do blame myself because I paid for one single version and no updates and no tech support. So when it did work it worked great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Wish support section (searchable, not human contact kind) gave info about potential solutions when using a beta OS or if there was something in the works to correct it once the GM version comes out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Things we've resolved are things that were Windows only are now able to be done on MacOS and this has, of course, saved a ton of money.

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Crossover review by James Z.
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"Waste of time and money"

What do you like best?

It has nice GUI and pretty good documentation.

What do you dislike?

I wasn't able to get any of the windows applications I really needed to use to run on it. Of course, these apps were unsupported, so I couldn't really expect much. What really burns me, is that I purchased 17.5.1 literally 18 days ago and they just released 18. Of course, if I want 18 I can pay to purchase it. They even offered a discount. Since 17.5.1 didn't do anything for me, I'm not going to shell out even more money for a produce that I've been using for less than a month. Apparently, they don't care if you purchase a version that will be obsoleted in less than a month. Any additional money I spend will be donated directly to the Wine Project.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you use the trial before you purchase. If I would have tested it first, it would have saved me the money of purchasing a product version that was going to be replaced in 18 days and I would have learned that it didn't meet my needs anyway.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None.

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Crossover review by Rob T.
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"Makes running Windows software on linux easier but feels like playing catch up"

What do you like best?

Downloading dependencies is taken care of automatically, and other things are automatd too.

What do you dislike?

You buy one version and then have to buy again if you want the advantages of the new one. It costs as much to buy this as a non profit pays for a Microsoft Office license and 3 times as much as Windows license.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Using a native product tensds to be a much better and easier to manage experience. Be realistic about what a non native application can provide.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Those that prefer a linux desktop get to use Windows software not available natively in linux. This increases staff freedom and may reduce liscensing costs, it certainly simplifies updates and security.

Crossover review by Andy P.
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"Good compatibility generally, but you need to test specific applications!"

What do you like best?

Allows some Windows applications to run on MacOS without issues, performance improves all the time, vendor is very responsive to suggestions and comments, and product is relatively cheap (when compared to a Windows license plus a VM)

What do you dislike?

Support for main applications like Microsoft Office can be limited, performance can be poor, some apps just don't work at all. There is also an issue with applications 95% working and it not being obvious that something is wrong until quite a way down the line - this can lead to some surprises!

Recommendations to others considering the product

You'll see when you look at the website that it supports a lot of applications however you'll want to get it for a specific application - you should download and test it with the trial version prior to purchasing and be prepared to have to fully test - sometimes apps install, load, and run, but a menu option or a feature individually causes a crash.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To enable specific Windows applications to be usable either on Linux or on MacOS. Several applications run without issue (particularly the older ones). Packaging of the applications makes deploying them quite easy.

Crossover review by Scott A.
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"Always improving, but still has limitations"

What do you like best?

The latest office works great! As well as many games and other one off pieces of software.

What do you dislike?

The latest Outlook does not work so great. Java version 7 and above does not install. Microsoft SRAT tools are still a no go.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software is always playing catch-up with windows development. You WILL find programs that wont work, it's just the nature of the beast. Make use of their available compatibility list before purchase if you have hard requirements that need met.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running need windows only software on linux desktops

Crossover review by Dave O.
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"Awesome app to let you run windows applications"

What do you like best?

Awesome software to let you run windows applications on other OS like Linux, Mac or Chrome OS. Very useful to run all your applications that are not supported on other OS than Windows.

What do you dislike?

Some applications wont run with this software, but this is not the fault of Crossover, this is mainly because the application you want to run use some dependencies that are not supported.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With this software, we can use our windows applications, even if we are using Linux OS

Crossover review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"A very cheap way to use Windows only programs on a Mac."

What do you like best?

It's so cheap - about $25/year, compared to Parallels or Bootcamp and having to buy a Windows license and keep updating it. This allows us to use our software that only works on Windows machines on our Mac, almost like Wine but much more user friendly. Wine requires one to know a bit more about computers than CrossOver does.

What do you dislike?

It costs money per phone call to get help, but since it's so cheap, you can't really complain about it. They also have NO promises that something will work. We use specific, not very popular software that nobody leaves reviews for on the Crossover website so it was a bit of a leap of faith to buy it and see if it worked, but it did work. I think most people use Crossover to play PC games on their Mac.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's cheap enough to try out first before buying a Windows license and splitting your hard drive. Pretty user friendly too.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We streamlined the amount of software and licenses that we needed in the office, reducing the software upkeep and licensing requirements per year. Excellent for that.

Crossover review by Administrator in Banking
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"Crossover Software Review"

What do you like best?

The main reason we bought it was so our Mac users could use Windows products on their Macbooks. It's easy to use, and updates are simple.

What do you dislike?

The price for the newest version is very expensive. If you aren't worried about using new and improved features, this wouldn't be something to worry about. But there were new features in a new released version that we were interested in utilizing, but had to decide if it was worth forking over the cash.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely helpful to anyone who likes the comfort of their Mac, but doesn't want to lose out on not being able to use Windows products. You should weigh the price of the new content releases to make sure the features are things you really want, because the upgrade can be pricey.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's definitely helpful to our staff that prefer Apple products, because they can comfortably use their preferred computer without having to make sacrifices in comfort. We've also been able to save money that we would've spent by buying more computers, instead of allowing staff to use their Macbooks.

Crossover review by Stefan B.
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"Good solution for particular use cases"

What do you like best?

Crossover is an alternative approach to run Windows applications in another environment (OSX, Linux). Not by running Windows, but by fooling Windows applications that they are running inside Windows.

It uses Wine (an Open Source system - Wine Is Not an Emulator - typical Linux recursive acronym) but packages it in a more user-oriented and friendly application. You don't really need it, but it makes it more convenient.

While initially focused on gaming, it has fair support for many business applications too.

Each application is (or can be) installed in a separate "Bottle", isolating it from others.

Performance was adequate.

What do you dislike?

It did not run the main applications I was hoping to run: Autodesk Revit and McNeel Rhinoceros with the Grasshopper plug-in.

The amount of out-of-the-box supported applications is still limited and they are often outdated versions of the applications (e.g. Office 2007, 2010).

The separation of applications into separate Bottles makes they more independent, but they take more space on your hard disk. This can become fairly big on smaller SSD drives.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the trial version and look out for promotional offers to get the license at 50%. It does solve some use cases, but not all. If you really rely on many Windows applications, it might be more convenient to use Bootcamp, Parallels or VMWare Fusion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

While it did help me to run a few Windows games directly inside my Mac, other applications had limited success. More specifically, I was aiming to get Rhinoceros + Grasshopper running. While I have been able to run Rhinoceros (even using our Network License at the University), other aspects of the software did not work (e.g. dragging the Grasshopper installer).

In practice, I have more success with Parallels and a full Windows 10 installation in the Bootcamp partition.

Crossover review by Benjamin B.
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"A friendly front-end to WINE, but leaves a lot to be desired."

What do you like best?

- Enables a user running Apple OSX or various distributions of Linux to run a wide selection of Windows applications & games on their machines, helping deal with the 'app gap' that the operating systems have compared to Windows

- Developed and supported by the same team who primarily develop and maintain the WINE (WINE is not an emulator) Windows compatibility layer project.

- The ability to 'vote' for applications that should be supported next.

- Free trial to test the software before purchasing.

- No need to purchase a Windows license.

What do you dislike?

- Applications are often much slower than running natively on Windows (to be expected) and also can be quite buggy or outdated (The latest fully-supported version of Microsoft Office is 2007, the current version is 2016!).

- There's alternative applications out there that do a very similar job (PlayOnLinux for example) as this software is only really a simplified front-end to the WINE project.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're on Linux, take a look at PlayOnLinux (free and open-source) before trying this.

Using a Windows Virtual Machine might be a better idea (especially Parallels on OSX) as you'll be able to run practically any software rather than just what Crossover supports and without the potential bugs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to run various pieces of Windows software on non Windows operating systems.

Crossover review by Hatif Bin B.
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"Review on Crossover "

What do you like best?

The best feature is that everything is automatically.

Also, with no issues or interference Windows software and applications run on apple.

What do you dislike?

The main reason I came across with this was because I wanted to use Autodesk Revit and McNeel Rhinoceros... it didnt work

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's cheap enough to try out first before buying a Windows license.

One of the best thing is, its very user friendly.

its pretty easy to use!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to run various Windows software on non Windows operating systems.

Crossover review by Michele A.
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"Works as expected, a must for Linux Users"

What do you like best?

CrossOver is one of the best tools for virtualizing platforms and running software on other operating systems. It was one of the first software to support the setup of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop on Linux.

The CrossOver Games adds additional support to Windows Games, most of them not supported or supported with limitations by wine and PlayOnLinux

What do you dislike?

The price is one of the dislikes, because for comparison, PlayOnLinux and Wine do the same job but they are opensource/free

Recommendations to others considering the product

Nothing to recommend, the software speaks for itself and it's very easy to set up

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had problems with some customers, who wanted Microsoft Office under Linux environment, because they didn't want to use LibreOffice or OpenOffice due their limitations. With Wine it wasn't possible for Office 2007/2013, but with CrossOver I had the possibility of set a list of Ubuntu machines with those Office versions without any problem

Crossover review by Tom W.
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"CrossOver is the easiest way to run Windows applications on Mac or Linux"

What do you like best?

CrossOver is by far the easiest Wine solution on the market and unlike other solutions it doesn't require a Windows license. The performance is nearly the same as a native Windows application.

What do you dislike?

Not every application or game currently runs

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can also purchase CodeWeavers CrossOver Mac or Linux in the www.wine-reviews.net online store at a discounted price. The store is located here : http://www.wine-reviews.net/p/store.html

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to run Windows productivity applications on Linux and Mac

Crossover review by User in Computer Hardware
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"my experience"

What do you like best?

The use of microsoft work tools without the installation of the same.

What do you dislike?

I find this application very pleasant. For the moment I just do not like the tools that can be used only be from Microsoft. It would be excellent that it existed for the applications of linux or mac in its defenco. For what they do not use mac or windows

Recommendations to others considering the product

Allow its implementation in the use of other areas such as linux plugins for those who use windows.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Read documents sent by clients, for documenting requirements in software design

Crossover review by User in Printing
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"Great software to run Windows applications on Mac, if you know how to make it work."

What do you like best?

I liked that is free and allows the freedom of running windows apps on a macOS environment.

What do you dislike?

The times I've used I haven't been able to make it work. It works sometimes and sometimes it doesn't. The bottle feature is complicated for a beginner user.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make it more straight forward for non-technical users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've been trying to run work SW on my mac at home with not great success. It might Crossover's lack of support to the software I run in my company. We have so many old tools that Crossover is struggling.

Crossover review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Convenient Windows environment on Mac"

What do you like best?

Easy to use interface and convenient Windows environment setup on Mac

What do you dislike?

Not really, except that I was still used to running programs in Windows environment (the Crossover Bottles feature works great in Mac, though) unless running Mac if absolutely necessary

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allowed me to work on projects across Windows and Mac without resorting to sophisticated alternatives

Crossover review by Greg M.
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"Helpful for Linux novices fearful of leaving Windows behind"

What do you like best?

CrossOver is a help to Linux novices who can't or won't leave certain Windows applications behind. CrossOver probably doesn't do anything you couldn't do yourself with Wine and some time/expertise/willingness to tinker, but it does simplify the task of getting Windows programs installed and running virtually on your Linux computer. They have an extensive list of supported programs and a Bronze/Silver/Gold medal rating system that describes how well programs should be expected to work, so your expectations are set up front.

What do you dislike?

This isn't necessarily a limitation of CrossOver, but newer versions of some major apps don't run as well (i.e. Microsoft Office). Again, not that I blame CrossOver, but the utility of such a product decreases if it can't solidly support newer versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A decent package for Linux novices. For Mac, I'd recommend Parallels Desktop instead.

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