Microsoft Windows Software Now Available for Desktop Linux Users With Debut of CrossOver Office for Linspire

Dozens of PC Applications, Including Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop,

Accessible on Linspire Desktop Linux

Feb 08, 2006, 00:00 ET from Linspire, Inc.

    ST. PAUL, Minn. and SAN DIEGO, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- CodeWeavers, Inc.,
 the leading Windows-to-Linux software developer, and Linspire, Inc., maker of
 the easy-to-use desktop Linux operating system, today announced the release of
 CrossOver Office 5.0 for Linspire.  Linspire users who purchase CrossOver
 Office can run dozens of Windows applications, including Microsoft Office
 2003, Adobe Photoshop and Intuit's Quicken and Quickbooks, natively from their
 Linspire desktop Linux operating system.  For more information about CrossOver
 Office 5.0 for Linspire, visit
     "Businesses tell us they want to switch to the desktop Linux operating
 system to reduce total cost of ownership or improve security, but it's the
 thought of losing one or two software applications -- like Quickbooks or
 Microsoft Project -- that holds them back," said Kevin Carmony, CEO of
 Linspire, Inc.  "CrossOver Office is genius because it removes that hesitation
 from the equation.  Yes, you can still use Quicken or Microsoft software on
 your Linspire machine, but you don't have to overpay for a Windows operating
 system license to do it."
     CrossOver Office allows Linspire users to install popular Windows
 productivity applications and plugins in Linspire without needing a Microsoft
 operating system CD or license.  CrossOver Office includes an easy-to-use,
 single-click interface, which makes installing Windows applications simple and
 fast.  Once installed, the application will integrate directly with the
 Linspire environment -- users just click the application icon or name to
 launch, exactly as they would in Windows.  Any documents created using
 CrossOver Office applications may be opened and edited with other native Linux
 programs, such as or GIMP.
     CrossOver Office has become the essential productivity utility for
 millions of Linux users around the world by supporting the seamless,
 dependable installation and operation of scores of top-name Windows
 applications natively within Linux.  Microsoft Office, Outlook, Visio, and
 Internet Explorer, as well as Adobe's Photoshop and Dreamweaver, Intuit's
 Quicken and Quickbooks, and Lotus Notes, are just some of the many popular
 applications that can be used on Linux desktops via CrossOver Office.
     "Linspire's power and ease of use, combined with its easy retail
 availability, has puts it among the leaders in the fast growing Linux
 operating system category," said Jeremy White, chief executive officer of
 CodeWeavers, Inc.  "CrossOver Office for Linspire will make it even easier for
 potentially millions of Windows desktop users -- enterprise and individual
 alike -- to make the switch to Linux."
     Currently Supported Applications
     CrossOver Office can run a range of Windows software, but CodeWeavers
 fully supports the following applications:
     * Microsoft Office 2003, XP, 2000, and 97
     * Microsoft Outlook
     * Microsoft Internet Explorer
     * Microsoft Access
     * Microsoft Project
     * Adobe Photoshop
     * Microsoft Visio
     * Lotus Notes 5.0 and 6.5.1
     * Quicken
     * iTunes
     * FrameMaker
     * Web Browser Plugins
     * QuickTime
     * Shockwave Director
     * Windows Media Player 6.4
     For more supported applications, please visit
     Pricing and Availability
     CrossOver Office 5.0 Standard is now available for Linspire users via
 Linspire's one-click CNR software download service.  CNR subscribers may
 purchase CrossOver Office for Linspire for $39.95.  CNR Gold subscribers may
 purchase CrossOver Office for a further discounted price of $34.95.  To
 purchase CrossOver Office for Linspire, please visit
     About CodeWeavers, Inc.
     Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers today
 focuses on the development of Wine and other Linux programming solutions.  The
 company's goal is to bring expanded market opportunities for Windows software
 developers by making it easier, faster, and more painless to port Windows
 software to Linux.  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, log on to
     About Linspire, Inc.
     Linspire, Inc. ( was founded in 2001 to bring choice into
 the operating system market.  The company's flagship product, the Linspire
 operating system, is an affordable, easy-to-use Linux-based operating system
 for home, school, and business users.  Linspire pioneered CNR ("click and
 run") Technology, which allows Linspire users access to thousands of software
 programs, each of which can be downloaded and installed with just one mouse
 click.  The more than 2,400 software titles available in the CNR Warehouse
 ( include full office and productivity suites, games,
 multimedia players, photo management software, accounting tools, and more.
     For more information about CodeWeavers, please contact:
     Deborah Schaller
     S&S Public Relations
     For more information about Linspire, please contact:
     Heather MacKenzie
     Linspire, Inc.
     858-587-6700 x263
     858-587-8095 (Fax)
 Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click
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 Kevin Carmony

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