Why?We noticed that some applications work better using Wine that running them directly on Windows. Also, Microsoft no longer offer support for several of their systems (Windows 3.11, 95, 98, 2000... and soon XP). But some of these systems are still in use today (notably in several businesses).
Lastly, performances leave no doubt: applications run much faster using Wine + Windows 98, for instance, than natively under Windows Vista.
And that's why we decided to create PlayOnWindows.
This will allow you, for example, to use Internet Explorer 7 with Windows 95!
Don't believe us?Here is visual proof!
Although we still have some details to fix, including the install manager, we are hoping to get the beta version out in the coming weeks.
Of course, PoW will be distributed with a GPLv3 license!
As for the list of supported applications, as of now, it is the same as PlayOnLinux.
The PlayOnLinux team will keep in touch very soon regarding the evolution of this new project. We firmly believe it will be the big buzz in the world of software for 2011!