CodeWeavers has posted the first beta of CrossOver Games 8.1.0, a significant update to the company's virtualization software. The program runs Windows games within Mac OS, Linux and FreeBSD potentially eliminating the need to dual Boot, or even own a copy of Windows. Version 8.1.0 is concentrated on support for Left 4 Dead 2, set to be released November 17th. CrossOver Games owners should already be able to play the demo.
Early compatibility has been added for the first-person shooter Modern Warfare 2, though CodeWeavers describes the code as "not quite ready for prime time." Other changes include fixes for Guild Wars as well as miscellaneous audio problems. The software requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Linux or FreeBSD and typically costs only $39.95.
Codewavers also ships CrossOver Office geared more towards a broad range of Windows office and productivity programs.