My Father in Law has been telling me about Crossover (from Codeweavers) for a couple months now. I haven’t had the opportunity to check it out until last night when I downloaded it for the first time.
Apparently it’s a good time, as I saw today over at TUAW that it’s just been updated and sports several new enhancements. Ignorance is bliss, eh? Anyway, I’m really enjoying the ease of use that Crossover offers.
I fired it right up and chose the option to select a program to install from the included list of apps. I didn’t have to go out and find downloadable installers or anything, it just does it all for you. In a few minutes I had IE 6 installed, and a minute or two later I was running IE 6 in a stand alone window, with very little overhead on my CPU.
I wrote recently about (the oft covered) Parallels, and I really liked it. But the beauty of Crossover is that you don’t need to start up an entire virtual OS. At least it’s another alternative to try. For now it’s only a 60 day trial. You’ll have to pay for Crossover when it goes prime time down the road.