Brief: Wanted to use Microsoft Office 13 on Linux? Well, here is the latest CrossOver 16 with Office 13 support and much more.
Update: CrossOver 17 has been released with Microsoft Office 2016 support.
CrossOver is a compatibility layer that makes it possible to run some Windows software on Mac or Linux computers. It’s basically a commercial version of the open-source program WINE providing Linux users with an easy way to install various applications and games that run only on the proprietary Microsoft Windows operating systems.
If you are interested, we have written in detail about how to use Wine in Ubuntu. Do read it to learn more about how to run Windows software on Linux.
The CodeWeavers team made a very big promise in the year 2012 to deliver support for Microsoft Office 2013 on the Mac and Linux platforms. Though it took them almost 4 years to come up with CrossOver 16, but I guess the wait was worth it. Wasn’t it?
“You can install Microsoft Office 2013 with CrossOver using your Office 365 subscription, and you can also use a standalone license. Microsoft Project 2013, Visio 2013, and Outlook 2013 are not yet supported, but each of those are under active development and we plan to add support for them soon,” said Josh DuBois in the press announcement.
Bug fixes, Updates and what’s new?
Finally, the CrossOver 16 is in the market and it’s appealing as ever. It is merged with the latest Wine 2.0 and has tons of bug fixes and features like 64bit engine support (the first attempt to support 64-bit Windows apps) which will enable you to play games like Port Royal and many other effortlessly.
The major technology improvements:
- The backbone of CrossOver 16 is updated to Wine 2.0 with thousand of improvements to Windows capability including introduction to Microsoft Office 2013 (which can be activated with either an office 365 subscription or a product key)
- CrossOver now supports 64-bit dependency management.
- Major bug fixes like improved hyperlink management in MS Office documents, update on shell folder links, bug fix in Tencent QQ and much more
Pricing and subscriptions
CrossOver Linux is a paid product and the pricing starts at a beginner price of $15.95 USD which includes one year of email support and upgrades, and one free phone support incident. You can also get a free 30-day trial.
This update from the Codeweavers team can prove to be the real deal, although not everyone will be ok with the idea of paying for Linux software but it’s worth remembering that CodeWeavers contribute directly to the development of Wine, host the Wine website, and more.
By buying a copy of CrossOver you are, in effect, helping the development of Wine — which is pretty sweet, right? And with one click installation and the Office support, it sounds great.
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