Crossover

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Crossover allows users to run Windows on Mac and Linux, easily and affordably.

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Crossover review by <span>Rob T.</span>
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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.

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Crossover review by <span>Andy P.</span>
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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.

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Crossover review by <span>Scott A.</span>
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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 <span>Dave O.</span>
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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.

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