With Crossover and its sister product, Crossover Office, Linux users can natively run popular Windows software such as Microsoft Office, Macromedia Dreamweaver, and Adobe Photoshop.
Developers also are making use of Crossover technology in porting Windows applications to Linux. Now that Apple has decided to move to Intel architecture, CodeWeavers' CEO Jeremy White says that means a boon for developers who want to make their Windows software available to Mac users because the porting process will be much simpler. Under the current PowerPC architecture, a developer would have to start from scratch in order to create a Macintosh port.
"What will be interesting to find out is whether CrossOver will be useful to the average Mac user, particularly since Mac users have a very high quality body of native software available. I'm hoping it will be invaluable, but that is predicated on us making some very major strides with Wine over the next year," says White.
CodeWeavers is actively seeking to increase licensing of its technology to developers. White says it averages about 15% of revenues, but he hopes to "grow it substantially." White foresees that eventually about 50% of CodeWeavers' business will be to software developers, and the other half to end users of Crossover.