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CodeWeavers, the company that works in partnership with Valve on Proton, has released CrossOver 23 - the latest version of their app to help run Windows apps and games on other platforms like Linux, ChromeOS and macOS.

While there's numerous other apps that can do the same thing like Heroic Games Launcher and Lutris, CodeWeavers directly support and sponsor Wine and Proton development. You also get dedicated support since CrossOver itself is commercial software at £60 for one year of support and updates or £414 to get support and updates for life. Right now you can also use code "LEVELUP23" to get 23% off the yearly CrossOver (not the for-life plan) until August 31st. They also offer a free trial.

So what's new in CrossOver 23? Quite a lot, there's some major internal upgrades. The changelog:

  • Core Technology Improvements:
    • CrossOver 23 includes Wine 8.0.1, with over 5,000 improvements, and selected patches from recent Wine with benefits to many popular applications.
    • Update to Wine Mono 7.4.
    • Update to vkd3d 1.8.
    • Update to DXVK 1.10.3.
    • Support for EA App (including many EA games like The Sims 4, Titanfall 2, Mass Effect Legendary Edition etc).
    • Ability to uninstall applications.
  • macOS:
    • Initial support for DirectX 12 games, including Diablo II: Resurrected and Diablo IV.
    • Initial support for geometry shaders and transform feedback.
    • Update to MoltenVK 1.2.3.
  • Linux:
    • Office 365 support on Wayland.
    • Support for Diablo IV.

They even have a fancy trailer for this release to pump up their marketing a bit:

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Any readers currently using CrossOver? Let us know what you think in the comments. It's been a long time since I personally used it with so many other tools available but I love to see the progress on it and this update does sound rather great.

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mr-victory Aug 17, 2023
QuoteOffice 365 support on Wayland.
What? This is huge! Did CodeWeavers just nuke one of the largest blockers of Linux adoption? The branch of Wine used by Crossover is open source, I am sure someone will find a way to replicate this without CrossOver.
pleasereadthemanual Aug 17, 2023
Quoting: mr-victory
QuoteOffice 365 support on Wayland.
What? This is huge! Did CodeWeavers just nuke one of the largest blockers of Linux adoption? The branch of Wine used by Crossover is open source, I am sure someone will find a way to replicate this without CrossOver.
Hasn't Microsoft Office worked in Wine for a long time? I used it two years ago with CrossOver. It was finicky, but it worked.
mr-victory Aug 18, 2023
Quoting: pleasereadthemanualHasn't Microsoft Office worked in Wine for a long time?
It did but older versions only, Office 365 is always the latest iirc.
MercifulBoss Aug 19, 2023
Quoting: mr-victory
QuoteOffice 365 support on Wayland.
What? This is huge! Did CodeWeavers just nuke one of the largest blockers of Linux adoption? The branch of Wine used by Crossover is open source, I am sure someone will find a way to replicate this without CrossOver.

Now if anyone with crossover could test if the 64 bit version of the app works. The 32 bit version worked for a while, but required plenty of hacks/workarounds and didn't work on wayland (black screen of death)
TR4SPY Aug 19, 2023
Quoting: pleasereadthemanual
Quoting: mr-victory
QuoteOffice 365 support on Wayland.
What? This is huge! Did CodeWeavers just nuke one of the largest blockers of Linux adoption? The branch of Wine used by Crossover is open source, I am sure someone will find a way to replicate this without CrossOver.
Hasn't Microsoft Office worked in Wine for a long time? I used it two years ago with CrossOver. It was finicky, but it worked.

As far as I know it works via Wine but under X11, not under Wayland
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