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.
Increasingly enterprises are migrating from complex and expensive X Windows emulators
The latter is expected to go down a treat with the Slashdot crowd, who are eager to get Windows applications running on their Linux machines without the performance hit exacted by Windows emulators
By eliminating the need for Windows emulators
and Microsoft OS licensing fees, CrossOver Office saves Linux-based enterprises in two ways -- the low costs associated with Linux, plus the direct access to Windows-based products without purchasing additional transitional software.
Support for several new Windows emulators
has been added, including IBM's ClientAccess for Windoes, Wall Data's Rumba/400 for Windows, IBM's PC5250 for Windows, Netsoft's Elite/400 for Windows and WRQ's Reflections/400 for Windows.