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Run Windows apps on Android hardware, courtesy of the St. Paul – Twin Cities company

By on September 14, 2016 0

Windows applications everywhere: this is the long-standing mission of the Saint-Paul-based company CodeWeaversa software company that marked its 20th anniversary in May.

Most have never heard of CodeWeavers. But for those who rely on his crossing products, it’s simply magical.

CrossOver, in a nutshell, allows computer users to run Windows applications without having to install the Windows operating system.

This means they can run Windows applications on their macintosh computers, which use the macOS operating system instead of the Windows operating system, and even some types of Android devices and Chromebooks. PC using different versions of the linux Operating systems are also fair game.

the Android and Chromebook version of CrossOver is brand new, compared to the Mac and Linux versions that have been around for a long time.

The implications are huge: users of some Android smartphones and tablets, as well as Google-based Chromebook laptop users, can now run Microsoft Office and other Windows apps alongside Windows PC users.

There are still pitfalls, of course. CodeWeavers calls the Android version of CrossOver an incomplete “technical preview” and provides the software for free for testing purposes.

Additionally, CrossOver Android only works on Android devices with Intel processors. There are not a lot.

Intel-based Chromebooks, the cheapest laptops running Google’s web-centric Chrome operating system, are more common. CrossOver Android will work on laptops thanks to a Chrome OS feature that allows the use of Android applications. However, only a handful of Chromebooks support this feature so far.

The result: CodeWeavers’ Android compatibility technology is promising, but still in its infancy.

The company’s Mac and Linux software are much more advanced. CodeWeavers founder Jeremy White said these CrossOver products run thousands of Windows applications with reasonably decent reliability. Although new Windows applications like Microsoft Office 2016 are not yet compatible, older versions like Office 2010 are.

“There are huge, complex apps out there, and we’re still struggling with those,” White said. “But most of our requests are for this obscure genealogy app or this knitting app, and with those, they were largely compatible. We run the bulk of these applications quite successfully.