CrossOver 17 Release Brings Microsoft Office 2016 to Linux

Brief: CrossOver is a premium tool that enables you to run several Windows applications on Linux and macOS. With the latest release of CrossOver, you can now install Microsoft Office 2016 on Linux.

CrossOver 17 Released

CrossOver team announced the release of its latest version today. CrossOver 17 has been released after almost a year after CrossOver 16 release in December’16.

As always, the biggest highlight of the release is the support for Microsoft Office on Linux. The latest version brings Microsoft Office 2016 support.

I am delighted to announce that CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 17.0.0 for both macOS and Linux.

CrossOver 17 supports Microsoft Office 2016: the latest and greatest Microsoft Office suite. You can install Office 2016 Home and Office 2016 Business from your Office 365 account and use the full featured versions of these products.

What is CrossOver, again?

CrossOver is basically a software that provides a compatibility layer that makes it possible to run some Windows software on Mac or Linux computers. Think of it as a premium version of open-source program WINE that enables Linux users to run Windows application on Linux.

While WINE is a free and open source software, CrossOver is a proprietary software and it has an annual license fee. However, CrossOver is the biggest development contributor to the WINE project.

What’s new in CrossOver 17?

As per the official blog post, here are the main features of CrossOver 17:

  • Support for Microsoft Office 2016 (You’ll still need Microsoft Office license)
  • Functional improvements to Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013 and a number of other Windows applications
  • Support for games like League of Legends, Everquest and Everquest II
  • Support for finance software Quicken 2017
  • WebSite-Watcher
  • Bug fixes

Pricing and subscriptions

As I wrote earlier, CrossOver Linux is a paid product and the pricing starts at a beginner price of $59 USD that includes one year of email support and upgrades. You also get one free phone support incident. You can also get a free 30-day trial to check if it suits your need or not.

I know that not everyone will be ok with the idea of paying for Linux software. But keep in mind that CrossOver contributes to WINE heavily. Apart from contributing to the development of WINE, CrossOver also supports its server hosting.

By buying a copy of CrossOver you are, in effect, helping the development of Wine.

Personally, I use Open Source office products so I am not going to pay for Microsoft Office and other such products but I know some people would love to do that. Are you one of those people?

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Just a note. Deepin Linux is the only free Linux distro that comes with Crossover on board for free. So if you like to get Crossover and a beautiful Linux too. That's because they have partnered with CodeWavers to push deep in Linux Check it out on deepin.org. I hope to see something more about deepin on It's FOSS, soon.

I do not like this watering down of OSS/ Linux. It is not that hard to do the switch. I have, no looking back. Curse on Bill Gates

You don't have to buy Crossover for Linux, all you have to download the correct Linux distro to get it free. You can even fork it to your Linux distro. Anyway, why use MS apps on Linux? It is like putting petrol in a diesel engine.

Sometime one have no choice. Some people are forced to use specialist software available ONLY for Windows. To make it worst - sometimes this kind of software must be integrated somehow with another Windows products. My wife have to use two such programs and one of them use some Excel modules to produce reports. This means that she use Linux and FOSS on daily basis for personal and job related computing, but her laptop is dual-boot and we were forced to pay for Windows and Office licenses only to run these two programs few times a month plus one report (which involved some Excel libraries) every two weeks.

Some time ago I worked for customer who wanted all technical photographs to be delivered to his servers through special plug-in to Lightroom and Lightroom only. I was able to do all my job as always using Darktable and produce exactly the same quality, but this plug-in use was obligatory just to get access to servers. So I was forced to buy Windows laptop and pay for Lightroom subscription for such a small and stupid purpose (thanks God the contract was worth it)...

Dude, you have given me a strong argument against "yeah, but I still think libre office looks like crap. Take that free software away from me and let me pay for good programs" (maybe a bit exaggerated)

Unfortunately, I surely won't use MS Office any time soon. I love Libbie Office. :P

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Nah! I am not advocating Microsoft Office here. I know that there are some small businesses and people who prefer to use MS Office even when they use Linux. This is for them. People should have a choice.

Yeah, I understand it. If at my work my boss didn't care about the OS but did care about the programs, I would use this. Also, it's cool to see that they help wine 🍷

So basically you are talking about a non-FOSS program that lets you run non-FOSS programs developed for a non-FOSS operating system.

Let's call your blog itsnotfoss then. Freedom does not exists if you are partially in jail. Help your readers, stop talking about non FOSS programs

Not to offend anyone here or start a war, but the idea is to promote something that at least helps a FOSS project. True, it is propietary; true, it is not FOSS; true, it can run non-FOSS programs from a non-FOSS operating system. If you are one of those "FOSS evangelists" then I understand your point even if I don't agree with it.

Unfortunately a lot of people have to run non-FOSS programs (MS Office and related) because that is the enterprise standard (want it or not), and if at least your workplace allows you to run their MS Office but without extra restrictions (besides the "must use MS Office") in any OS and you like/want to use Linux you know that running it is a PITA (with all due respect to readers), this software allows you to ease that pain and giving you the option to "make it work out of the box" somehow, so that you can use your Linux even with the programs of your workplace.

I haven't tested that, but knowing that setting up an Office 2010 a couple of years ago was another PITA on another workplace using bare Wine, I am confident that CrossOver would have help me somehow, and besides, if by using that money (or at least part of it) they contribute to Wine (which is something that I use), I would gladly pay if I have that money

I think he is helping his readers in that he suggests ways to stay as close as possible to the FOSS ideal while at the same time realizing people live and work in the real world and interaction with non FOSS is next to impossible in some contexts. For instance my wife volunteers for a non profit whose workgroup uses Office365. There is no integrating of Libre into that system and if I convinced them to use the new Libre collaboration in the workgroup I would become their go to guy for setup and maintenance, which I don't have time for. This would seem to be the ideal place for Crossover 17.

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Help your readers, stop talking about non FOSS programs

But what if the readers keep asking for selected non-FOSS programs? :)

The thing is that It's FOSS also aims to help Linux users and some people/small businesses rely on MS Office. If CrossOver helps them, why not.

for me OnlyOffice is a good alternative for Microsoft Office 2016.