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CODEWEAVERS DEBUTS CROSSOVER OFFICE 2.0 FOR WINDOWS-TO-LINUX.

CodeWeavers, Inc., a leading Windows(R)-to-Linux(R) software developer, St.Paul, Minn., has released CrossOver Office(TM) Version 2.0, now enabling Linux users to run Microsoft Office XP, Adobe Photoshop(R) 7, and Microsoft Access without the need for a Windows emulator or OS license. In addition, the new release will accommodate double-byte languages, allowing Japanese, Chinese, and Korean versions of Windows applications to operate under CrossOver Office.

CrossOver Office, introduced in 2002, has become a highly popular solution for individuals and organizations wanting to run key Windows applications in the Linux operating environment. In addition to Office XP, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Access, CrossOver Office supports Lotus Notes; Intuit's Quicken; Microsoft Outlook(R), Visio(R), and Internet Explorer; and more.

"With Version 2.0 of CrossOver Office, CodeWeavers is expanding its support for today's most in-demand professional applications," said Jeremy White, CodeWeavers founder and CEO. "CrossOver Office continued to prove its value at many of the world's most progressive companies due to its reliability and ease of use-not to mention its ability to lower costs throughout the enterprise."

Cal Erickson, an Independent Professional Photographer, agreed. "CrossOver's support of Photoshop will be a key component in many firms' strategies to move towards a pure Linux production environment." Erickson said. "In the graphics industry, being able to work in Photoshop is a fundamental requirement. With CrossOver, they now get the best of both worlds."

By eliminating the need for Windows emulators and Microsoft OS licensing fees, CrossOver Office saves Linux-based organizations significant software investment costs. Enterprises save two ways-the low costs associated with Linux, plus direct access to Windows-based products without purchasing additional transitional software.

Key Applications for Growing Businesses

Microsoft Office XP is quickly becoming a cornerstone office productivity application in most enterprises today. Office XP includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint(R). Microsoft Access, a component of Office XP Professional as well as a stand-alone application, is a favorite database management solution for small-to-medium sized businesses as well as workgroups in larger organizations. "We see Access as a key piece of corporate infrastructure that needs an open-source portability option, in the same way that SuSE Linux's Openexchange Server 4 has provided a migration route away from Microsoft's Exchange Server," said White. "By making legacy database applications available under Linux, we remove barriers to broader Linux adoption in many workplaces."

Similarly, support for Adobe Photoshop 7 and double-byte languages broadens the appeal of CrossOver in several market segments. Photoshop is a critical tool for movie and animation studios, publishing houses, advertising agencies, graphic design firms and more. Double-byte language support opens a large and potentially very receptive Linux market in the Pacific Rim to CrossOver sales.

"Linux is a huge opportunity in countries like China, Japan, and Korea. We feel that CrossOver's new double-byte support will significantly enhance our sales efforts in these very important, very Linux-friendly markets," said White.

Currently Available

CrossOver Office Version 2.0 supports all major Linux distributions including RedHat 9.0, Mandrake 9.0, SuSE 8.1 Linux. The product is priced at $54.95 per use, with workgroup, site, and enterprise license discounts available.

CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office Version 2.0 is currently available for purchase from the CodeWeavers website.

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, visit http://www.codeweavers.com or call 651/523-9313.
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