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Wine 7.16 out fixing up Saints Row, Wow64 support in X11 driver

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Slightly later than they usually put up the releases, the Wine team released Wine 7.16 on August 28th bring new features and bug fixes for the Windows translation layer.

This is the compatibility layer that allows you to run various Windows applications and games on Linux (and forms part of Steam Play Proton). Once a year or so, a new stable release is made but the development versions are usually fine to use.

Highlights of this release:

  • Wow64 support in X11 driver.
  • Session storage in MSHTML.
  • Unicode regexp fixes in MSXML.
  • IME improvements in Edit control.
  • Various bug fixes.

Wow64 is an interesting one, as that is basically a compatibility layer on Windows for running 32bit apps on 64bit.

22 bugs were noted as solved with this release including problems with the new Saints Row, so it should now actually work without having to modify the exe file. Others that were mentioned to have fixes recently include Visual Novel Doukyuusei, Ragnarok Online, Star Citizen, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Watch Dogs, Amazon Games App and more.

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