CrossOver Compatibility Layer for Windows Applications Gets Major Update
CrossOver is one of the most popular ways to run Windows apps on other operating systems. It’s based on the open source Wine project (CrossOver developers are among the most important contributors to Wine’s codebase), but with easier installation for hundreds of apps and games. CodeWeavers has now released CrossOver version 21, with some useful enhancements included for all three operating systems.
CrossOver 21 is based on Wine 6.0, first released in January, which includes a new Vulkan backend for Direct3D, DirectShow, and Media Foundation support, and an updated text console. CrossOver also now includes Wine Mono by default, which is the open source implementation of Microsoft’s .NET Framework.
Besides everything present in Wine 6.0, the new update has some improvements for Mac. Dark mode is now supported and Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5 DualSense controllers work with Bluetooth on macOS Big Sur 11.3. In Linux, various sign-in and multiscreen issues have been fixed with Office 365, and CrossOver now has faster boot times on Chrome OS.
The main selling point of CrossOver (yes, it’s paid software) is that it adds an easy-to-use interface on top of Wine, with pre-configured installers and settings for hundreds of popular apps and games. . It’s similar in this respect to Lutris or PlayOnLinux / PlayOnMac, but with real customer support.
CrossOver 21 is available for purchase from the CodeWeavers website. If you buy a new license, CodeWeavers gets a 30% promotion until August 17th – just enter the code CX3021 at the register.