CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office(TM) Enables Linux(R) Users To Run Microsoft Office & Lotus Notes(R) Without Windows(R)

Easy-to-Install Software Eliminates Microsoft OS Licensing Fees;

Solution Targets Enterprise Linux Desktop Environments

Mar 27, 2002, 00:00 ET from CodeWeavers, Inc.

    ST. PAUL, Minn., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- CodeWeavers, Inc., a leading
 Windows(R)-to-Linux(R) software developer, today announced the release of
 CrossOver Office(TM), a breakthrough software solution that allows
 enterprise-level Linux users to install and operate Microsoft Office and
 Lotus Notes(R) on their PCs without the Windows operating system.
     CrossOver Office eliminates the need for both a Microsoft Windows
 operating system license and a Windows emulator when running Microsoft Office
 or Lotus Notes in Linux, thereby giving users a cost effective and easy way to
 use two of the world's most popular PC business applications.
     "CrossOver Office is an ideal solution for any corporate or individual
 Linux user wishing to run Microsoft Office or Lotus Notes," said Jeremy
 White, founder and president of CodeWeavers.  "This product streamlines the
 entire Microsoft Office/Lotus deployment challenge for Linux shops and for
 organizations using both Windows and Linux, significantly reducing costs
 while giving users the productivity tools they need on either platform.  The
 powerful combination of CrossOver Office and Linux represents a viable,
 commercially-supported alternative for corporations feeling constrained by
 Windows XP's restrictive and cumbersome licensing scheme but wishing to
 continue using popular Windows applications."
     Until now, Linux PC users who wished to operate MS Office or Lotus Notes
 were forced to install a Windows emulator, then a licensed copy of Microsoft
 Windows and finally the desired application.  With CrossOver Office,
 individuals and businesses can go directly to Notes or Office, speeding
 deployment, reducing costs, and improving the overall user experience.
     CrossOver Office is being marketed to enterprise customers migrating to
 the Linux OS, IT consultants specializing in desktop management, VARs as well
 as Internet appliance and thin client users.
     CrossOver Family of Products Represent a Breakthrough for the Linux
      CrossOver Office expands the CrossOver family line started by CrossOver
 Plugin(TM).  CrossOver Plugin gives Linux desktop users access Web content
 previously only available on Windows PCs, including QuickTime, Shockwave,
 and Windows Media(TM) Player content.
     "By making it simpler to use Windows software on Linux, CodeWeavers has
 knocked down a major barrier to the growth of the Linux desktop," said Rick
 Lehrbaum, Executive Editor of  "This will help many
 organizations choose the power, flexibility, and value of the Linux desktop."
     "Version 1.0 of CrossOver Office is only the beginning.  We plan on
 rapidly introducing support for several more major Windows productivity
 applications throughout 2002," said White.  "As CrossOver Office's list of
 supported applications expands, CodeWeavers will further strengthen the Linux
 operating system's position as a viable competitor in the desktop operating
 system market."
      CrossOver Office is priced at $54.95 per user, with workgroup, site and
 enterprise license discounts available.   For additional information and to
 purchase CrossOver Office or other Windows-to-Linux porting solutions, visit or call (651) 523-9300.
     About CodeWeavers, Inc.:
     Founded in 1996, CodeWeavers develops, markets and supports solutions for
 Linux-based systems.  CodeWeavers is the leading commercial entity dedicated
 to enhancing and supporting  the Wine Project ( ).  The Company
 brings expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by
 making it easier, faster, and more cost-effective to port Windows software
 to Unix.  CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source Windows
 porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota,
 California, the Netherlands, and Germany.  The company is privately held.
 For more information about CodeWeavers, visit /.
     CrossOver Plugin and CrossOver Officer are trademarks of CodeWeavers, Inc.
 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  Windows is a registered
 trademark, and Windows Media is a trademark, of Microsoft Corporation in the
 United States and other countries.  Lotus Notes is a registered trademark of
 Lotus Development Corporation and/or IBM Corporation.  All other trademarks
 and registered trademarks are owned by their respective companies.
    Contact:  Jeremy White of CodeWeavers, Inc., +1-651-523-9313,
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