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CrossOver 20 for Chrome OS Brings Windows Apps to Chromebooks

By on October 13, 2020 0

Over the past few years, Google has slowly transformed Chrome OS into a more powerful computing platform, allowing users to use progressive web apps, Android apps, and even Linux apps. While Google is working on its own ways to bring Windows app support to Chrome OS, third-party companies like CodeWeavers have released solutions that Chromebook users can take advantage of today. Today, CodeWeavers released CrossOver 20, bringing support for Windows apps out of the Chrome OS beta.

CodeWeavers announced on Tuesday (via Liliputer) the arrival of CrossOver 20 for Chrome OS, which makes it easier to run Windows apps on recently released Chromebooks. CrossOver was first released for Chromebooks in 2017, but at the time it was the Android version of the app designed for Chromebooks. The latest version is no longer just the Android version, but rather a new version that uses the Linux container available on supported Chromebooks.

CrossOver is separate from the software Google is working on to bring Windows application support to Chromebooks. Google is teaming up with another company called Parallels for this initiative. Unfortunately, this initiative will only be available to business users, and Google has not specified whether this feature will be available to consumers in the future.

You can buy a stable version of CrossOver 20 for Chrome OS for $ 40. If you want the software plus 12 months of support and updates, it’ll cost you $ 60. The software along with lifetime support and updates will cost you $ 500. It should be noted that there are minimum specifications. Your Chromebook must support Linux apps and have sufficient space (200MB of disk space is recommended by CodeWeavers).

The stable version of CrossOver opens up a lot of possibilities for Chromebook users. It also makes Google’s Chrome OS a more viable option as a productivity machine for students and professionals. However, not all Windows applications are CrossOver compatible, so it is worth browsing the CodeWeavers compatibility database before purchasing the software. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the free trial option to test out a few apps before committing to a purchase.

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