CrossOver 22 can run more Windows apps on Mac and Linux
CrossOver is one of the best ways to run Windows software on Mac and Linux because it’s based on the popular Wine project. CodeWeavers has now released CrossOver 22, with significant interface and software compatibility changes.
CrossOver is a compatibility layer for Windows apps and games, which can provide a more native experience than running a virtual machine – and you don’t need a copy of Windows. The latest update has a redesigned settings panel on all platforms with a more modern look. CodeWeavers said in their blog post, “Prior to this redesign, the last time we made significant UI changes was in CrossOver 15, and the last time we did a major redesign in our user interface on all platforms, it was CrossOver 9. Obviously, we were overdue for a CrossOver makeover.
The new update also changes the Windows software installation process, so there are fewer prompts. CrossOver also now has a homepage with all your installed software, replacing the old “All Bottles” and “Favorites” screens. If you’ve installed a few apps that you don’t use often (or just don’t want to see all the time), you can hide them from the home screen with a right-click.
CrossOver 22 is based on Wine 7.7 (an upgrade from CrossOver 21’s Wine 6.0 base), so there are many software compatibility improvements. Gaming on macOS just got better, thanks to a new version of the MoltenVK translation layer – the company said Rocket League works “much better” on Mac, for example. CrossOver 22 also includes initial support for running DirectX 12 games on Linux, such as Diablo II Resurrected. CodeWeavers helped Valve develop their Proton compatibility layer for the Steam Deckand now CrossOver is getting more of those improvements.
Even though CrossOver is an awesome package, it’s still not compatible with all Windows software – CodeWeavers maintains a list of tested apps and games. Virtualization apps like Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion may offer better compatibility, but they aren’t perfect either, as they need to run a full copy of the Windows operating system. CrossOver doesn’t have as much overhead because it’s just a compatibility layer.
CrossOver is a paid app, which can be purchased with 12 months of support and updates for $74. There’s also a 14-day free trial, so you can test out your Windows apps before you spend the money. You can download CrossOver from codeweavers.com.