CrossOver lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks (now out of beta)

The first Chromebooks were designed to run web apps only. But a few years back Google added support for running Android apps, and then Linux apps. Now you can also run Windows applications on a Chromebook… although it requires installing a third-party tool that sells for $40 and up. CodeWeavers has announced that CrossOver 20 […]

Wine 5.0 released (Windows compatibility layer for Linux, Mac, Android, and BSD)

The Wine project has been letting folks run some Windows applications on Unix-like operating systems including Linux, macOS, and FreeBSD for decades… and a few years ago, the developers of this open source project added limited support for Android as well. Wine 5.0 is now available for all supported platforms, and it brings a number […]

CrossOver 19 runs 32-bit Windows apps on 64-bit only macOS Catalina

CrossOver is software that allows you to run Windows programs on non-Windows operating systems including Linux, Chrome OS, and macOS. But one problem with that last part is that an awful lot of Windows applications are 32-bit… and even many 64-bit apps have 32-bit installers. So when dropped support for 32-bit apps with the launch […]

Wine on Windows lets you run Windows apps… on Windows (through Windows Subsystem for Linux)

Wine is a compatibility layer that makes it possible to run some Windows applications on non-Windows operating systems including Linux and macOS. So naturally some folks have been trying for years to see if they could run Wine on Windows for no particularly good reason. Up until recently it hasn’t really been possible. Now it […]

Steam for Linux now lets you play (some) Windows games on Linux

Valve’s Steam game platform supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. But up until recently it was up to developers to decide which operating systems to support… and the vast majority are Windows-only, followed by a smaller number of apps that support macOS and around 3 thousand that support Linux. But now the number of Steam games […]

Linux-based Steam OS may add support for Windows games

Valve’s SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system built around the popular Steam gaming platform. Valve announced SteamOS to much fanfare a few years ago, but things have sort of fizzled out since then. There aren’t many “Steam Machine” computers available for purchase, most Steam users continue to run Windows, and many of the games available […]

Update: Nope (It sure looks like Chromebooks will support some Windows apps soon)

Update: It turns out this article was based on faulty evidence. Chrome Unboxed saw the Open with Windows Application option because they had Crossover installed on their Pixelbook. While it’s already possible to use Crossover or WINE to run Windows apps on some Chromebooks that support Android apps, there’s currently no evidence that Google is […]

Wine 3.0 released (Run Windows programs on Linux… and some Android devices)

Wine is an emulation compatibility layer that makes it possible to run some Windows applications on computers using GNU/Linux, macOS, BSD, and similar software, and recently Wine developers have been working on bringing support for Windows applications to Android devices with x86 processors as well. Now Wine 3.0 is out, and the latest version includes […]