8/9/2004 - CodeWeavers, Inc., the leading Windows-to-Linux software developer, announced the release of an evaluation preview of CrossOver Office 3.1, the latest upgrade to the world's leading and most reliable Windows-to-Linux application solution. The pre-beta preview, announced at LinuxWorld 2004 Conference and Expo in San Francisco and available to existing CrossOver Office users only, includes new support for iTunes®, Apple's exciting digital jukebox and download store program.
Since its initial release in 2002, CrossOver Office has significantly impacted the growth and practicality of the Linux operating system among desktop computer users. CrossOver Office enables many leading Windows applications including Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Visio; Intuit Quicken; Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash; and Apple QuickTime to operate natively under Linux with no secondary emulator needed.
With iTunes support, CrossOver Office users will be able to download and organize songs from the iTunes Music Store. Soon they will also be able to plug their iPod into their Linux PC for music transfers and other jukebox-related tasks.
"Version 3.1 will address the strong desire of our loyal users for iTunes support," said Jeremy White, CEO of CodeWeavers. "iTunes has been our number one, most requested application. We remain confident that by the end of 2005, the majority of Windows applications will be supported by CrossOver Office. Until then, we're pleased to be bringing the appeal of iTunes to Linux users through the development of Version 3.1."
CrossOver Office Version 3.1 with iTunes support will be available later this year in two full-release versions: CrossOver Office 3.1 Standard, the home edition of the product; and CrossOver Office 3.1 Professional, the multi-license edition for business or educational use. All CrossOver Office users receive six months of free upgrades and technical support. CrossOver Office Professional users receive twelve months of free upgrades and Level Two support from date of purchase.
#1 Music Download Store
iTunes, which recently celebrated its 100 millionth music download, allows users to import music in AAC, MP3 or Apple Lossless formats and convert unprotected WMAs to MP3. Users can sync with their iPod, burn CDs, and complete other routine digital jukebox tasks; they can also use Apple's AirPort Express to wirelessly stream music from their computer to a stereo located in any room in their home. Apple's hugely popular iTunes Music Store, accessible from iTunes, currently contains more than 700,000 tracks and 450 independent labels with 30-second previews.
HQ for Windows Compatibility With CrossOver Office, CodeWeavers has become the focus of the Windows-to-Linux compatibility movement. CrossOver Office currently supports more than 30 of the most popular windows productivity applications used around the world today, with new products being added each day. CodeWeavers' website, www.codeweavers.com, includes a Compatibility Center where Linux users can search known Windows applications for CrossOver Office compatibility, request official support for favorite or critical programs, or pledge financial support for necessary programming work that will allow a particular Windows program to function under Linux.
CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office 3.1 will be available to the general public in beta release within the next few weeks. The company will be demonstrating the new preview version of CrossOver Office 3.1 during LinuxWorld 2004, August 2-5, from its exhibit at Booth 1661 in Moscone Center.
For more information about CrossOver Office, or to register for the CrossOver Office 3.1 preview download, go to www.codeweavers.com.
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 www.codeweavers.com.
CrossOver Office is a trademark of CodeWeavers, Inc.
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