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Friday, April 14, 2023

How to Install Microsoft Office on Linux

 Microsoft Office on Linux is possible. Here are three methods for getting Microsoft Office installed in a Linux environment.

The most widely used office productivity suite in the world is Microsoft Office. It doesn't matter if your PC runs Windows 10 or macOS, it's likely that you're using Microsoft Office. If you're not, you have a colleague who is.


But your PC runs Linux. How on earth are you going to install Microsoft Office on Linux and use it without running into problems?

Getting Microsoft Office on Linux is easy. We cover three methods for running Microsoft Office in a Linux environment.

How to Install Microsoft Office on Linux

You have three ways to run Microsoft's industry-defining office software on a Linux computer:

  1. Use Microsoft Office on the web in a Linux browser
  2. Install Microsoft Office using PlayOnLinux
  3. Use Microsoft Office on a Windows virtual machine

Note that there is no Microsoft Office 365 for Linux. There is also no MS Office for Linux, but these methods let you run Microsoft Office on Linux without the enhancements Office 365 brings. In case you're not sure, here are the differences between MS Office and Microsoft Office 365.

Option 1: Use Microsoft Office in a Browser

It might not be the full Microsoft Office, but what is made available via your browser is certainly good enough for a big chunk of office-based tasks. It's an easy way to start without paying for the full Microsoft Office suite.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook can all be accessed via your browser and Microsoft account.

Is your copy of Microsoft Office via monthly subscription to Office 365? Linux users can take advantage of the advanced browser-based tools that make this version of Office almost as complete as the Windows, Mac, and mobile versions.

As the suite is browser-based, it's not going to be available offline. However, you can make things smoother by setting office.live.com as a desktop shortcut. Files will be saved to the cloud, and the best way to manage this is with a Microsoft OneDrive account.

Without Office 365, you'll get a stripped-back collection of features. Though useful in a pinch, it doesn't do everything you expect.

Option 2: Install Microsoft Office Using PlayOnLinux

Need the full Microsoft Office on Linux? You'll need to install it. Now, you probably think that it isn't possible to install Windows software on Linux, and to a certain degree, that is true. Fortunately, other tools are available to help you install Windows software like Microsoft Word on Linux, along with the rest of the office suite.

The simplest way to install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu is using CrossOver or PlayOnLinux. The following instructions are for installing Office 365 on Ubuntu, but you'll be able to customize this for distros that use different package managers.

Install PlayOnLinux

Begin by opening a terminal and installing winbind:

sudo apt install winbind

This is a tool that ensures that PlayOnLinux correctly links the Windows login on the software you're attempting to install. You may also need to install cURL and p7zip-full if they're not already installed.

Next, install PlayOnLinux.

sudo apt install playonlinux

Alternatively, you can open your distro's app installer. On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and above, use Ubuntu Software to search for PlayOnLinux and click Install. Wait for the installation to complete.

Now, all you need to do is launch PlayOnLinux from Menu > Applications. To install Microsoft Office, click the Office tab, then either use the search field or browse the list. Note that you'll need to install the full suite, as no individual apps (aside from Project 2010, Word Viewer, and Excel Viewer) are available.

You'll notice that with each app you select in PlayOnLinux, a summary of compatibility is displayed on the right. For further details about this, click the link. A browser window will take you to WineHQ, where you can find out more.

On Linux, you're limited to Microsoft Office 2016 as the latest version (the 32-bit version, at best). For the best, most stable results, use Microsoft Office 2016 (method B). For this, you'll need the installation media (or ISO file) or setup file, along with a genuine product key.

Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu With PlayOnLinux

With the ISO file ready, click Install.

The PlayOnLinux wizard will start and prompt you to select a DVD-ROM or a setup file. Choose the appropriate option, then Next. If you're using a setup file, you'll need to browse to where this is stored on your Linux system.

Click Next to proceed with the installation. Once complete, Microsoft Office will be ready to run on Linux.

You'll be able to run Microsoft Office from the desktop without separately loading PlayOnLinux, which will run in the background.

Need a feature that is only available in the latest version of Microsoft Office? Consider CrossOver, a paid tool with a free trial that can run more recent versions of Microsoft Office.

Installation of CrossOver is more straightforward than PlayOnLinux, while installation of Office is along similar lines (there is a developmental connection between the two tools).

And yes, having Windows software running effortlessly on your Linux PC really is amazing, isn't it? You'll find that PlayOnLinux can support several other applications, as well as many Windows games. In short, this is how you can install MS Office on Ubuntu.

Option 3: Install Microsoft Office 365 on Linux in a Windows VM

There is another option for anyone wishing to install Microsoft Office on their Linux computer. This isn't as easy as the others, however, unless you're already running a Windows virtual machine.

In this case, all you need to do is boot your virtual machine, sign into Windows, and install Microsoft Office. Linux users can install any version of Office this way, unlike using Wine/PlayOnLinux, which can be useful for file compatibility.

Get Microsoft Office for Linux Today!

Microsoft Office is not the most ideal option for running office tasks on Linux systems. However, if it's what you need to get the job done, you have four good options to install MS Office on Linux.

Yes, open-source alternatives are best for most Linux office productivity tasks but installing Microsoft Office overcomes document compatibility problems. This can prove vital in meeting deadlines or accessing complex spreadsheets and databases.

Once you've sorted out installing Microsoft Office on Linux, don't stop there. You can install much more Windows software on Linux.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

CodeWeavers CrossOver 21 for Linux Mac and Chrome OS

I’m thrilled to announce that CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 21 for macOS, Linux and Chrome OS!
CrossOver 21 includes an update to Wine 6.0, bringing with it thousands of improvements to a variety of applications. One of the more exciting features of Wine 6.0 is the Vulkan backend for wined3d. This feature is on by default on macOS for 64-bit Direct3D 10/11 games if DXVK is not enabled. Our testing results have largely been positive, but we know of a few games that run with DXVK but do not currently run with wined3d. We also have found a few games that work with wined3d but not DXVK. Notably, NieR:Automata should run on all platforms with wined3d on CrossOver 21, and Skyrim Special Edition should be newly playable on M1 Macs with wined3d. 

macOS users running Big Sur 11.3 or later will also find that Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 DualSense controllers now work with Bluetooth.

Also relevant to our macOS users is the addition of dark mode support to the CrossOver UI. We hope that dark mode fans whose eyes are currently shocked when they open CrossOver will be pleased with the changes. 

We have several fixes for Office 2016/365 on Linux, including better support for multi-monitor configurations and a fix for problems entering a password to sign in to and activate Office. 

Both our Chrome OS and Linux users should notice faster startup times when opening CrossOver 21

In addition to many other fixes for various applications, we have updated the version of DXVK we ship to 1.7, and we also now ship Wine Mono with CrossOver. 

Lastly, I want to touch on one thing that CrossOver 21 does NOT currently include: support for macOS Monterey. We have been working closely with Apple on a solution, but right now CrossOver will not run on Monterey. We expect to be able to offer support for Monterey on CrossOver later this year in time for Monterey’s release. We will be posting progress updates on our website, so make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the latest updates on Monterey compatibility.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.21 is now available for Linux FreeBSD and macOS

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.21 is now available for Linux FreeBSD and macOS

What's new in this release:
  • Typelib marshaller rewrite using NDR functions.
  • Graphics support on recent Android versions.
  • Support for memory font resources in DirectWrite.
  • Joystick support improvements.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.


Bugs fixed in 3.21 (total 62):

  14078  Rewrite typelib marshaller on top of NDR functions
  17708  Splinter cell double agent doesn't render correctly
  18759  RoughDraft 3's Word Count feature always says zero
  19016  Word Automation from .NET does not work
  20776  3DMark Vantage: your graphics card doesn't support DirectX 10 (needs support for 'D3D10_QUERY_SO_STATISTICS')
  25066  NFS Porsche: The game crashes on creation of pic16.fsh file
  26768  oleaut32 needs stubless proxies implemented on x86-64
  29700  C&C Tiberian Sun and Red Alert 2 game graphics rendering freezes when NOT moving the mouse.
  30511  Guild Wars 2 launcher crashes with "assertion m_ioCount failed"
  30522  Jupiter shows too small, unreadable fonts
  30801  need for speed underground 2 [full version] unusable because of incorrect graphics render
  33463  Alan Wake : No sound in cinematics
  33502  SnagIt writes incomplete HKLM\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\Print\\Printers entry, causing loader failures for apps that depend on winspool.drv
  34967  Microsoft .NET 2.0 (sp1) Framework (x64): hangs after install
  35663  SWAT 3: Screen Flickering
  35675  Bad textures in World of Tanks
  36763  Rogue Squadron 3D 1.3: Crashes with game resolutions above 640x480
  37850  fallout 2: problem with handling file permissions ?
  37959  Guild Wars 2 freezes on startup
  38124  Can't enable visual style in a DLL.
  38394  Eador: Genesis crashes on exit (only in fullscreen mode)
  39023  Final Fantasy XI Using a Bluetooth PS3 Controller crashes the game.
  39253  Multiple games require DXTn volume textures (From Dust, Halo Online)
  39799  Visilogic 8.0 needs 'ITypeInfo_fnInvoke' support for coclass objects (TKIND_COCLASS) in arguments
  39944  Stars! battle dialog lags
  40160  cant install mobogenie
  40206  Revit Architecture fails to install: throws Messagebox "Function failed" and aborts
  40224  Web Skype plugin for Firefox needs advapi32.CreatePrivateObjectSecurityEx implementation
  40264  Iris Online cannot connect to login server (SO_SNDBUF with value 0 is not allowed in OSX)
  40803  Hard Reset Redux fails to launch ("DirectX 10 device not found!")(DXGI_ADAPTER_DESC1 'DedicatedSystemMemory' or 'SharedSystemMemory' member must be non-null)
  42058  rFactor2 requires unimplemented function ?get@?$time_get@DV?$istreambuf_iterator@DU?$char_traits.........
  42447  Oblivion crashes on exit
  43630  Altium Designer Installer - Richedit control shows rtf code instead of text
  43683  Unigine Superposition Benchmark: missing text in launcher
  43731  GTAIV hangs when clicking Options if its resolution differs from virtual desktop resolution
  43865  LeagueOfLegends now doesn't work in Wine 2.18 (regression ?)
  44109  Simple free HAM program Opera crashes, needs unimplemented function pdh.dll.PdhVbAddCounter
  44245  Gray / black screen on Android 8+
  44409  png with indexed colors and alpha miss the alpha channel on loading
  44828  Sony Xperia Companion crashes on unimplemented function SHELL32.dll.Shell_NotifyIconGetRect
  45407  MechCommander Gold: 'Could not Initialize .PDB file' at startup
  45913  tchar.h: using the macro _sntprintf leads to an undefined reference to snwprintf; macro should resolve to _snwprintf
  45948  Can't log in to Steam (Steam crashes after the login screen)
  45949  Regression: Crash on start of Söldner Secret Wars since 3.10
  45961  KeyShot 5.3.6 crashes on unimplemented function KERNEL32.dll.GetMaximumProcessorCount
  45992  Some Unity games expect XInputSetState to succeed or ignore gamepad input
  46050  Korean Translations for winecfg are broken
  46068  Star Wars The Old Republic - slower on 3.18 & 3.19
  46089  TopoEdit tool from Windows 10 SDK (10.0.17763.x) crashes in ntdll.LdrResolveDelayLoadedAPI during resolver failure (NULL dll failure hook)
  46092  Multiple ARM64 apps want 'kernel32.GetSystemInfo' support for 'PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_ARM64' ('Unknown processor architecture c')
  46101  Multiple ARM64 apps from Windows 10 SDK (10.0.17763.x) crash on unimplemented function api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-2-1.dll.GetModuleHandleW
  46120  Uplay hangs while filling in fields
  46126  Provide more exception context information in ARM64 implementation of raise_exception()
  46129  'sqlwriter.exe' from Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 crashes on unimplemented function VSSAPI.DLL.??0CVssWriter@@QEAA@XZ
  46130  Star Citizen (RSI launcher) installer needs kernel32.dll.SetFileInformationByHandle 'FileIoPriorityHintInfo' info class semi-stub
  46135  Microsoft ODBC tool 'odbcconf.exe' (part of MDAC 2.x install) crashes during configuration (some 'advapi32.dll' API entries are not hotpatchable due to PIC/GOT code at entry)
  46143  Multiple Windows 10 ARM64 apps crash due to unimplemented function ntdll.dll.RtlAddFunctionTable (and friends)
  46144  Windows PowerShell Core 6.1 for ARM64 crashes on unimplemented function KERNEL32.dll.RtlPcToFileHeader
  46156  Multiple applications from Windows 7-10 crash on unimplemented function slc.dll.SLOpen
  46157  Doxie 2.10.3 crashes on unimplemented function msvcr120.dll._vscprintf_l
  46159  Doxie 2.10.3 hangs on startup
  46175  Crysis Warhead crashes at launch

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.18 is now available for Linux FreeBSD and macOS

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.18 is now available for Linux FreeBSD and macOS

What's new in this release:
  • Subpixel font rendering with FreeType >= 2.8.1.
  • Support for OAEP algorithm in RSA encryption.
  • Array marshalling fixes in DCOM.
  • Improved DPI scaling in the Wine console.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.


Bugs fixed in 3.18 (total 46):

  13651  Opening privacy settings in Internet Explorer 6 (inetcpl.cpl) cause crash on unimplemented function wininet.dll.PrivacyGetZonePreferenceW
  20613  PVSYST 5 crashed when launched
  25687  "Create directory" button does nothing in ARM Versatile Express installer.
  28267  winhttp tests fail if ISP has a catch-all dns failure page
  32441  winhttp winhttp test changes proxy setting in Windows 8
  35504  LibreOffice 4.2 installer copies MSVC++ runtime files into erroneous 'C:\Win\System\' path (directory targets/properties not re-resolved after updates from custom actions)
  38402  glDebugMessageCallback has mismatched calling convention
  38641  Trying to start a Steam game whilst Steam isn't running doesn't open the game
  39051  TabbedTextOut() incorrect output on tab character
  39508  Microsoft Office 365/OneDrive for Business installer fails in Win8+ mode with 'advapi:ParseStringSidToSid String constant not supported: "OW"' (failure to decode 'Owner Rights' SID 'S-1-3-4')
  40208  Cegid Business Line installer fails in custom script action with "Object doesn't support this property or method: 'ObjRegistry.CreateKey'" (needs 'StdRegProv.CreateKey')
  40303  Control Data passed in DIALOGEX Resource passes pointer with offset sizeof(WORD)
  40703  MSI InstallService does not respect msidbServiceInstallErrorControlVital (0x8000) flag
  41679  netconn_secure_connect: Add calling TRACE, add sock_send retcode to 'send failed' message
  41934  Spreaker Studio 1.4.2 fails to install
  41953  Guitar Hero World Tour (msi_view_get_row Error fetching data for 1)
  42285  Age of empire 3 crashes
  42677  Black Desert Online launcher fails to download/update files, reports "An error occurred while downloading file. (errorcode : 12006 or 13403)"
  43187  EA Origin 'OriginWebHelperService' (QGuiApplication) non-interactive service process crashes due to null monitor info when determining the primary (default) screen
  43242  Hi-Rez Smite (free-to-play online MOBA) SteamLauncherUI.exe (.NET 4.0 app) crashes during installation
  43615  32-bit Process Hacker 2.39.124 crashes in 64-bit WINEPREFIX (advapi32.EnumServicesStatusEx returns garbage on Wow64)
  43621  Life On Mars remake demo has missing sprites
  43878  Multiple apps/games crash on unimplemented function kernel32.dll.GetQueuedCompletionStatusEx (Tokio Rust samples, Star Control: Origins, 1Password-7.2.*)
  43898  Steam: Crashes after regaining focus when in Steam Guard email code window
  44405  Rise Of Nations Extended edition (Steam) crashes when trying to list mods due to missing NULL output buffer handling in CryptBinaryToString()
  44474  Script fails to Run function GetStringValue
  44655  Carmageddon Max Damage: Crash on launch
  44787  1Password-6.8.496 crashes: System.EntryPointNotFoundException (.Net app): Unable to find an entry point named 'SetWindowCompositionAttribute' in DLL 'user32.dll'.
  44902  Baidu Wifi Hotspot crashes in IShellLink::SetIconLocation method due to missing NULL path handling
  45509  64-bit PSIM 11.0.3 fails to install, reports 'err:msiexec:custom_action_server Failed to create custom action server pipe'
  45566  League of Legends 8.12+ needs ntdll.RtlSetUnhandledExceptionFilter
  45588  .Net Framework 4.5.2 (WPF) System.Windows.Media.PixelFormat requires windowscodecs.dll.IWICPixelFormatInfo_{GetChannelCount,GetChannelMask,GetBitsPerPixel}_
Proxy
  45680  Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (SP1) fails to install in 64-bit WINEPREFIX
  45708  djkaty.com Simple2D demos v1.13: BitmapBrushDemo needs D2D1MakeSkewMatrix
  45709  djkaty.com Simple2D demos v1.13 need support for IWICImagingFactory2, CLSID '{317d06e8-5f24-433d-bdf7-79ce68d8abc2}'
  45723  Occlusion queries always flush (Overwatch)
  45782  mono needs unimplemented function api-ms-win-crt-math-l1-1-0.dll._Cbuild
  45816  Orbit Profile crashes in Unhandled exception: unimplemented function msvcp140.dll.?_Winerror_message@std@@YAKKPADK@Z called
  45830  Fifa 19 Demo refuses to launch past the launcher
  45880  Multiple PC/SC applications crash on unimplemented function winscard.dll.SCardCancel (Aruba key, SmartCard test apps)
  45891  Steam crashes at launch with "GetQueuedCompletionStatusEx() failed: 120" error
  45910  nProtect GameGuard used by multiple MMORPG games crashes on unimplemented function wevtapi.dll.EvtExportLog (4Story, Phantasy Star Online 2)
  45915  x64dbg/x32dbg crash during shutdown on unimplemented function msvcr120.dll.??0_Scoped_lock@_NonReentrantPPLLock@details@Concurrency@@QAE@AAV123
@@Z
  45923  Regression in register_avicap_devices
  45928  Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 10 (.NET 4.6) installer fails, claims KB3118401 is needed ('ucrtbase.dll' missing version resource, >= 10.0.0)
  45942  AnyRail6: crashing when open Options

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.17 is now available for Linux FreeBSD and macOS

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.17 is now available for Linux FreeBSD and macOS

What's new in this release:
  • Improved Shell Autocomplete support.
  • More implementation of OPC Services.
  • Improvements to the Pager common control.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.


Bugs fixed in 3.17 (total 36):

  18271  MSI creates incompatible msi file in a specific case of create table
  22995  Adobe FrameMaker 8 installer displays complaint about installation path drive type
  23487  Buccaneer: freezes when changing screen resolution
  25617  Clones   27288  Facade installation ends prematurely when installing to a directory name with a space
  28000  World War One Gold hangs during the initial loading stage
  29603  Ski Challenge 2010: extremely long loading times (unless Win98 mode is set)
  30785  MS Office 2007 reports msxml5 as not installed (WoW64)
  34522  Drakan: Order of the Flame demo crashes before entering the main menu (needs native directmusic dlls)
  34739  manual install of wine gecko gets in the wrong directory in Wow64 wine
  38742  Watch_Dogs fail to run after successful Uplay installation
  39020  aSc TimeTables 2016 (trial): window scrollbar is slow to respond
  41039  Multiple kernel drivers crash on unimplemented function ntoskrnl.exe.FsRtlIsNameInExpression (VirtualBox, QQProtect for Tencent TIM (com.qq.office) 2.1.x)
  41325  Actions of MSI installer properties missing or wrong
  43550  Photoshop Elements 15 spams console with fixme:file:MoveFileWithProgressW MOVEFILE_WRITE_THROUGH unimplemented
  43890  Divinity: Original Sin 2 does not successfully launch
  44583  CryptBinaryToStringW returns wrong required buffer size.
  45036  Cisco Jabber 11.x crashes on unimplemented function IPHLPAPI.DLL.GetIpNetTable2
  45320  cmd creates an environment variable with an empty name
  45347  Google Chrome installer crashes on unimplemented function propsys.dll.InitPropVariantFromCLSID
  45485  Virtual Desktop "has no name"
  45523  FIFA 18 Demo needs KERNEL32.dll.SetProcessWorkingSetSizeEx
  45538  Multiple applications crash on unimplemented function msvcr120.dll.?wait@Concurrency@@YAXI@Z (Amazon Workspaces client, EnginePrime, Bethesda Launcher Updater)
  45569  League of Legends 8.12+ needs NtQueryInformationProcess(ProcessCookie) stub
  45673  Calling delegated proxy methods returns 0x800706b5 (RPC_S_UNKNOWN_IF), "err:rpc:RpcAssoc_BindConnection syntax {xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}, 0.0 not supported"
  45691  Installation of anno 1404 (GOG version Gold edition) fails on architecture win64 with wine 3.14
  45724  Multiple EndScene calls result in multiple glFlush (FF XIV)
  45813  Orbit Profiler crashes due to unimplemeneted function advapi32.TraceSetInformation()
  45823  Paint.net (4.1.*) installer fails with error messagebox: System.NotImplementedException: : hr = m_pFactory1->CreateDrawingStateBlock
  45831  Slack installer (Squirrel) fails:Unhandled Exception: System.AccessViolationException:at MS.Win32.PresentationCore.UnsafeNativeMethods.WICMetadataQueryReader.ContainsMetadataBy
Name
  45832  Windower 5 beta (FF XI tool) crash: Unhandled Exception: System.NotImplementedException at Windower.UI.Views.RootView.OnSourceInitialized (DwmExtendFrameIntoClientArea should return S_OK)
  45833  Paint.net (4.1.*) installer fails with error messagebox: System.NotImplementedException: d2ddevicecontext.cpp (228) : hr = pDeviceContext->CreateBitmapBrush
  45845  Microsoft Office 2010: installer crashes at the beginning of the installation process
  45848  Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China - player model rendering issues in DX11 mode
  45849  Paint.net (4.1.*) installer fails with error messagebox: System.NotImplementedException: d2ddevicecontext.cpp (326) :  hr = m_pDeviceContext->CreateEffect( apBrush
  45861  PhaseOne CaptureOne 11.2 (.NET 4.7 app) crashes on unimplemented function mscms.dll.WcsGetUsePerUserProfiles


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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CodeWeavers has Released CrossOver 17.1.0 for Linux and MacOS

I am delighted to announce that CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 17.1.0 for both macOS and Linux. CrossOver 17.1.0 has many improvements to the core Windows compatibility layer and also specific enhancements for several popular applications.


Mac customers with active support entitlements will be upgraded to CrossOver 17.1 the next time they launch CrossOver.  Linux users can download the latest version from CodeWeavers.

Change Log For CrossOver Mac and Linux :

17.1.0 CrossOver - February 6, 2018
  • Application Support:
    • CrossOver now supports Quicken 2018.
  • macOS:
    • Several macOS users have had serious problems using CrossOver with macOS 10.13, High Sierra. This update includes fixes which we hope will resolve High Sierra issues using CrossOver.
  • Office 2016:
    • We have fixed several issues related to signin and registration for Office 2016. Office 365 users should again be able to sign into Office 2016 and activate using their Office 365 credentials.




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Monday, February 5, 2018

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.1 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.1 is now available for Linux and Mac

What's new in this release:
  • Kerberos authentication support.
  • Window class redirection for Common Controls 6.
  • Support for X11 ARGB visuals.
  • DOSBox required for running DOS executables.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.


Bugs fixed in 3.1 (total 29):

  13332  widl fails with unknown embedded type for somedata (0x0)
  37997  Jeskola Buzz Build 1499 (.NET 4.0 app) crashes on unimplemented function msvcp100.dll.??0_Concurrent_queue_base_v4@details@Concurrency@@IAE@I@Z
  38064  Using alt+enter to fullscreen any rpgmaker XP game causes keyboard input lose and not fullscreen
  38436  Grand Theft Auto V failed to launch
  39319  Multiple 64-bit applications fail to start due to loader refusing to map 32-bit resource-only dll into 64-bit process (Solid Edge ST8, ICU4C tools)
  40078  With IrfanView copied image detail is horizontally flipped
  40418  Doom 4 requires bcrypt AES provider
  40623  DOOM (2016) demo (Steam) crashes on launch due to Denuvo copy protection
  40926  Multiple games (Solus Project, Dying Light) require unimplemented function msvcp110.dll.??0_Concurrent_queue_base_v4@details@Concurrency@@IEAA@_K@Z
  42170  Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 offline installer does not complete, needs wevtapi.EvtNext stub
  42330  Grand Theft Auto V (Steam): black screen, only audio
  42716  64-bit MetaTrader5 refuses to start, reports 'A debugger has been found running in your system' (Denuvo Anti-Tamper x64)
  43538  x64dbg needs unimplemented function msvcp120.dll.??0_Concurrent_queue_base_v4@details@Concurrency@@IAE@I@Z
  43595  Rainmeter doesn't run, demands windows 7 or later (needs (stub) ID2D1Factory1)
  43728  Magic: The Gathering Online intensive CPU usage when idle
  44035  Xenia emulator doesn't start
  44138  Native Access needs unimplemented function iphlpapi.dll.if_indextoname
  44158  QueryProcessCycleTime() causing exception/crash
  44176  EverQuest crashes with unimplemented function d3dx9_43.dll.D3DXCreateKeyframedAnimationSet
  44270  Exception when organizing favorites in Windows Media Player 6.4 (unimplemented function shdocvw.dll.DoOrganizeFavDlg)
  44277  WOLF RPG Editor: Certain background music doesn't stop when using XAudio2
  44294  Possible access to unintended macro in "wine/dlls/comdlg32/fontdlg.c" line 592
  44296  Qt 5 programs fail to resolve DNS SRV records
  44310  WritePrivateProfileString doesn't check for flush errors
  44329  Listview does not reset returned state mask for subitems
  44347  Touhou Shinpiroku trial terminates
  44349  winedbg: stepping is broken using GDB proxy
  44365  armel build fails: selected processor does not support `strd r4,[sp]' in ARM mode
  44379  Visual Novel "A Clockwork Ley-Line": ntdll.dll.RtlPushFrame called

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Monday, December 11, 2017

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.0 RC 1 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.0 RC 1 is now available for Linux and Mac

This is the first release candidate for the upcoming Wine 3.0. It marks the beginning of the code freeze period. There have been many last minute changes, so please give this release a good testing to help us make 3.0 as good as possible.

What's new in this release:
  • Direct3D 11 enabled by default on AMD and Intel GPUs.
  • AES encryption support on macOS.
  • Implementation of the task scheduler.
  • Registry export support in the reg.exe tool.
  • Progman DDE support.
  • OLE data cache improvements.
  • More event support in MSHTML.
  • Relay debugging improvements.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.


Bugs fixed in 3.0-rc1 (total 28):

  30899  SlingPlayer 1.5 UI broken
  34328  World of Tanks: Purple graphics errors
  40714  process_attach is executed too early for forwarded exports (Oblivon Script Extender cannot load under wine-staging)
  40832  MultiSpec 2.8.2016 32-Bit: Installs fine but crashes while opening any images
  40866  DigitalMicrograph: crashes when a new script is added to the menu
  40963  Upwards, lonely robot Demo crashes with Too many buffers queued
  41269  MSI uninstaller does not clean up Registry's UpgradeCode, ProductCode
  42128  Anime Studio Professional 8 hogs CPU after it's closed.
  42307  Temple+: needs knownfolder_GetRedirectionCapabilities
  42961  Multiple apps need D3D11 depth bias support (FFXIV, Unigine: Heaven, The Witcher 3)
  43000  wine can't be compiled by gcc-2.95.4 (dsound/dsound_convert.c, C99 ~ lrintf)
  43116  Metal Slug 2 (GOG.com) can't get past the character selection screen (needs native msvcr120.dll)
  43131  Multiple apps need correct shader translation for discard_z (The Witcher 3, Star Trek Online, .hack//G.U Last Recode)
  43264  The Witcher 3: Black and red face textures and missing vegetation
  43406  NieR:Automata - Bloom to bright
  43902  close() on a closed fd should set errno to EBADF
  43905  pCon Planner crashes using builtin msvcp: access violation reading location 0x60 at basic_ios_char_widen in module msvcp140.
  43932  Fallout 4 (Steam): Low detailed LOD exterior Meshes are rendered Inside interior cell (wine missing support for SV_ClipDistanceN)
  43940  Runtime error: Invalid floating point operation in Dys-Vocal2 installer
  43956  GDI+ is unable to load some truetype fonts
  44022  The pixel format was invalid as specified (Minecraft Java, Soldiers of Anarchy)
  44064  Sims 4: unimplemented function msvcr120.dll._get_purecall_handler
  44075  Unable to set subsystem version with VC++ 2013 link.exe
  44084  Simple WPF/.Net app doesn`t start
  44085  winecfg: Use more secure HTTPS URL in about
  44088  expected declaration specifiers or ‘...’ before ‘va_list’
  44091  The Witcher: Enhanced Edition crashes during gameplay
  44104  Torchlight: rendering issue when GLSL is enabled

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Q4Wine 1.3.5 has been released for Linux and Mac OSX

Q4Wine is a Qt GUI for Wine. It will help you manage wine prefixes and installed applications. It currently supported on Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X platforms.

Q4Wine was initially written by Alexey S. Malakhov aka John Brezerk. General idea comes from WineTools scripts which were initially written by Frank Hendriksen.


General features are:

  • Can export Qt color theme into wine colors settings;
  • Can easy work with different wine versions at same time;
  • Easy creating, deleting and managing prefixes (WINEPREFIX);
  • Easy controlling for wine process;
  • Autostart icons support;
  • Easy cd-image use;
  • You can extract icons from PE files (.exe .dll);
  • Easy backup and restore for managed prefixes;
  • Winetriks support;
  • And more: Explore it!;
 Changelog for 1.3.5:

Updated:
  • Italian translation;
  • Ukrainian translation;
  • Russian translation;
Fixed:
  • Removed extra Doxygen files to reduce artifact size;

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

The WineHQ Wine development release 2.17 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine development release 2.17 is now available for Linux and Mac

What's new in this release:
  • Better support for grayscale mode in DirectWrite.
  • Per-application StartupWMClass in desktop files.
  • Virtual memory compatibility improvements.
  • Palette handling improvements in WindowsCodecs.
  • Reply messages improvements in WebServices.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.


Bugs fixed in 2.17 (total 20):

  12185  Before You Know It crashes
  19177  Gorky-17 does not start in Direct3D HAL (SW Renderer is OK)
  29958  UIRibbon Framework not implemented: 926749fa-2615-4987-8845-c33e65f2b957
  38622  gdiplus should return PixelFormat32bppARGB instead of PixelFormat8bppIndexed for a grayscale PNG file
  39885  Cannot allocate more than 32gb of memory
  41370  TTM_GETCURRENTTOOL returns always FALSE when send from TTN_NEEDTEXT handler.
  41827  Wrong specular rendering with some applications
  42427  Steam application claims no internet connection
  43046  Multiple apps need api-ms-win-crt-stdio-l1-1-0.dll.__stdio_common_vfprintf_s (Civilization VI, Mafia 3, SketchBook)
  43197  5Plus: Print dialog crashes with illegal floating point operation
  43290  MyLifeOrganized crashes when mousing over tabs
  43319  Steam Store/Uplay/Epic Games Launcher no longer display text in Windows 7 mode (libcef applications)
  43476  Skyrim hardware detection spinlocks with CSMT enabled
  43519  Path of Exile: Corrupt/flickering UI textures after ~1 minute of gameplay
  43577  unit test: DBGrid inplace editor dropdown does not work and worked on version 2.0.2
  43586  Dead Space: no shadows in game
  43649  dbgeng stub DebugCreateEx causes jadesentinel crash in JADE thin client
  43658  Text in Deletion Confirmation MsgBox has wrong background colour
  43668  Terris Universal Remote UFB 234 - update database does not work
  43685  Many games fail to start, or run without audio

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

The WineHQ Wine development release 2.16 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine development release 2.16 is now available for Linux and Mac

What's new in this release:
  • Support for pasting metafiles in RichEdit.
  • Better support for grayscale PNG images.
  • Support for safety features in library loading.
  • Better handling of transforms in GdiPlus.
  • Rendering improvements in DirectWrite.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.


Bugs fixed in 2.16 (total 19):

  26046  comctl32/monthcal tests show some invalid reads under valgrind
  28741  Odd coordinate in hit test causes uninitialized value references in MONTHCAL_CalculateDayOfWeek()?
  35282  Multiple applications/installers need 'reg.exe' 'import' operation implementation (Muvee Reveal 8.0.x)
  35935  Enterprise Architect fails to draw basic shapes when using gdiplus
  37982  Illustrator CS6: alternate color selection does not display colours
  40025  Winrar installer fails to start
  42256  PhotoFiltre 6 and 7 don't erase the mouse selection when dragging it
  42891  Unigine Superposition needs unimplemented function KERNEL32.dll.AddDllDirectory
  43293  strange behavior- Eudora scrambles email addresses
  43328  dotnet 4.5 applications crash in factory_get_cached_fontface
  43389  valgrind shows a few invalid reads in dlls/wsdapi/tests/xml.c
  43391  valgrind shows several definite leaks in programs/regedit/tests/regedit.c
  43392  valgrind shows a couple invalid reads in programs/regedit/tests/regedit.c
  43423  Multiple applications and games need 'ProgramData' environment variable set (SteelSeries Engine SDK based games, World of Warships 0.6.9+)
  43510
 Monster Girl Quest: crashes while playing
  43536  WIC can't encode to GUID_WICPixelFormat32bppPBGRA PNG
  43603  clipboard PIXMAP regression after upgrading from 1.8.x to 2.x
  43617  [Crash] Application crash when running C:\GOG Games\Baldur's Gate\BGMain2.exe
  43632  Drop down menu for DLL override doesn't work

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Save 70% off CodeWeavers CrossOver Mac and CrossOver Linux

We are having a online sale at this time and the price of CrossOver Linux and CrossOver Mac is only $19.95 that's a savings of 70% off the normal retail price of CrossOver. We only have a limited number of 1 year licenses remaining, first come first serve.  :-)

Update 05/01/17

This sale has now been re-activated, CrossOver Mac and Linux is available in our FastSpring store.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The WineHQ Wine development release 2.4 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine development release 2.4 is now available for Linux and Mac

What's new in this release:
  • Built-in implementation of cryptographic hashes.
  • Mono engine updated with upstream fixes.
  • More Direct3D command stream work.
  • Simulated bold and italic in DirectWrite.
  • Improvements to the XML reader.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.


 Bugs fixed in 2.4 (total 32):

  10858  BlueByte Game Channel fails to install
  14371  cleanup undefined members in vartest
  29133  Gómez PEER fails to update
  30378  Xuzhou network client crashes at start
  33987  Secret Files 3 demo shows only some parts of background in ConfigTool
  36599  winhttp/tests/winhttp.c: test_secure_connection() fails under valgrind
  36600  valgrind shows a possible leak in winhttp/tests/winhttp.c
  36608  valgrind shows a definite leak in xmllite/tests/writer.c
  37436  Aliens vs. Predator (2010, Steam) crashes when loading save game
  38793  Lotus Smartsuite 3.1 installer reports insufficient disk space
  39685  Multiple applications crash on startup, need unimplemented function msvcr120.dll.??0event@Concurrency@@QAE@XZ (Rollcage Redux v1.3.8, ARC client, Playstation Now)
  40798  ACDSee Pro 9 (64-bit) needs msvcr120.dll.??0event@Concurrency@@QEAA@XZ
  40910  The Next BIG Thing can't save the game (needs native xmllite)
  41340  Unhandled page fault for Polaris Office Installer
  41472  kolotibablo needs ntoskrnl.exe.KeAcquireInStackQueuedSpinLock
  41684  unimplemented function uiautomationcore.dll.UiaClientsAreListening called in 32-bit code
  41832  Galactic Civ 3 - ships are not visible
  41951  Unimplemented function bcrypt.dll.BCryptDuplicateHash prevents DOOM from running
  42209  Native Instruments Native Access 1.0.25 (R37) crashes on unimplemented function concrt140.dll.??1_ReentrantBlockingLock@details@Concurrency@@QAE@XZ
  42239  Kontact 5.6 needs api-ms-win-crt-time-l1-1-0.dll._Wcsftime
  42450  Unimplemented copy from WINED3D_LOCATION_TEXTURE_RGB to WINED3D_LOCATION_TEXTURE_SRGB for depth/stencil buffers.
  42510  InternetOpenUrl does not send query parameters for HTTPS urls
  42557  NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M detected as GeForce GTX 470
  42559  Adobe Reader DC: No longer installs (Unimplemented function msi.dll.MsiGetComponentPathExW)
  42575  Multiple applications need msvcp140.dll.?_LogScheduleTask@_TaskEventLogger@details@Concurrency@@QAEX_N@Z
  42576  Poedit crashes on start on unimplemented function msvcp140.dll.?_Reset@_ContextCallback@details@Concurrency@@AAEXXZ
  42578  WSAStringToAddress fails to parse IP v6 addresses with port number
  42586  Adobe Reader DC crashes on startup (needs GetCurrentPackageFullName stub)
  42603  Steep (Ubisoft) needs iphlpapi.dll.NotifyUnicastIpAddressChange
  42625  Flushing file (int 0x21, ah=0x68) fails with access denied error in 16-bit code (affects QuickBooks 5.0)
  42639  Unhandled exception: page fault on read access to 0x00000000 in 32-bit code (0x7eff5a34)
  42641  winetricks ie8_kb2936068 installer fails with error

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The WineHQ Wine maintenance release 1.8.7 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine maintenance release 1.8.7 is now available for Linux and Mac

What's new in this release:
  • Various bug fixes.
  • A few more cards added to the GPU description table.
  • Turkish translation updates.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.



Bugs fixed in 1.8.7 (total 38):

  11808  winefile: broken horizontal scrolling
  17196  Text Editor Cursor can be scrolled outside editor
  19862  CodeCreatures crashes.
  30355  DVDSubEdit 1.52 crashes on startup, broken TBM_SETRANGEMAX handling
  30385  Multiple applications need support for shell32.SHGetKnownFolderPath KF_FLAG_DEFAULT_PATH option (Windows Live Essentials 2011 web installer, MediaMonkey 4.1.x in Vista+ mode)
  31222  Hitman: Blood Money crashes when changing screen resolution
  32682  Multiple .NET 4.0 applications fail to load the pen cursor (IDC_PEN, 32631, 0x7F77 missing)
  33859  Visual Web Developer Express 2008 crashes when clicking "Browse" (bug in PropertySheet common control)
  34127  FIFA 2000 demo crashes after 'Press Any Key'
  34465  process hacker 2.31 crashes in toolbar code
  35495  sharing violation and prompt for copy /B file1+file2 file1
  37762  Runaway & Runaway 2: wrong colors
  38207  Unreal Tournament 3 uninstaller fails when invoking from 'wine uninstaller' (removes wrong entries)
  39509  OneDrive for Business installer crashes in Win8 mode (user32.dll 'SetCoalescableTimer' stub missing)
  39661  Font width incorrect in wineconsole
  39714  Halo some sounds in cut scenes don't play
  40112  kernel32:time regression
  40243  Korg Nano editor USB MIDI driver won't install, requires Administrator Privileges
  40247  Wine returns the loopback IP as first item in GetIpAddrTable causing some licensed programs to fail due to invalid MAC address
  40845  Uninstaller does not remove missing applications from the list
  40978  Wrong colors on i915 and similar GPUs in GTA Vice City
  41001  64-bit Core Temp 1.x kernel driver 'ALSysIO.sys' crashes on unimplemented function ntoskrnl.exe.RtlUnwindEx
  41055  "Texture ... does not have a drawable" on i915 with D3D8
  41141  gcc6: d3drm build warnings
  41218  curl 7.50: HTTPS fails with InitializeSecurityContext failed: SEC_E_INVALID_TOKEN
  41252  Helldivers gives this error when trying to run on MacOS
  41476  Cannot paste in WinAuth 3.5.1 (32-bit)
  41508  Menu infinitely loops, the application hangs.
  41572  Windows API crash (GetTimeZoneInformationForYear)
  41599  Battle.net and Hearthstone play loud static when receiving messages
  41732  wineconsole: changing to emacs mode requires restart
  41733  wineconsole: crashes in emacs mode when pasting (Ctrl+Y) empty buffer
  41898  ToCA Race Driver 3 needs ntoskrnl.exe.RtlCopyMemory
  41909  Calling TBM_SETPOS after TBM_SETRANGEMIN/TBM_SETRANGEMAX does not draw slider control properly
  42090  Highway Pursuit constantly emits loud noise when sound effects enabled
  42110  regression: commit "xinput1_3 prefer builtin dll" aliens versus predator classic 2000 (steam) fails to launch
  42187  Radeon R9 285 GPU incorrectly recognized
  42211  redefinition of typedef 'REFERENCE_TIME'

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Friday, January 6, 2017

CodeWeavers has Released CrossOver 16 for Linux and MacOS

SAINT PAUL, Minn (December 12, 2016) — CodeWeavers, Inc., developer of CrossOver the easiest, fastest way to run Windows software on Mac and Linux announced today the release of CrossOver 16. With CrossOver 16, you can run thousands of Windows software titles, without the need for a Windows OS license.

CrossOver 16 supports Microsoft Office 2013 on both MacOS and Linux. This brings the convenience, ease, and interoperability of the full featured, modern Office suite to our Linux and MacOS customers.

CrossOver 16 is the first version of CrossOver to support 64-bit Windows applications, with automatic install recipes for a few popular titles already. CrossOver 16 also incorporates code from the upcoming Wine 2.0 release, the open-source technology that allows Windows applications to be run on Unix. The net effect is that CrossOver 16 users will be able to run many more Windows applications, with enhancements to their performance and graphics.

CrossOver 16 is immediately available at www.codeweavers.com.


About CodeWeavers

Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers focuses on the development of Wine the core technology found in all of its CrossOver products. The company’s goal is to bring expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by making it easier, faster and more painless to port Windows software to Linux. CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. The company is privately held.

Change Log For CrossOver Mac and Linux :

16.0.0 CrossOver - December 13, 2016
  • Application Support:
    • CrossOver now supports Microsoft Office 2013!
    • Microsoft Office 2013 can be activated with either an Office 365 subscription or a product key.
  • Core Technology Improvements:
    • CrossOver 16 is based on Wine 2.0, with thousands of improvements to Windows compatibility across the board.
    • CrossOver now supports 64-bit Windows applications, with new bottle templates and 64-bit dependency management.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Quicken 2014-2016 updates will now apply automatically during installation.
    • Fixed a bug which prevented saving very large files in Microsoft Excel 2010
    • Fixed a bug which prevented opening hyperlinks from documents in Microsoft Office 2010.
    • Shell folder links will now be updated when importing bottles into CrossOver from an archive file.
    • Fixed an audio bug which could cause Blizzard games to emit unwanted noises from the speaker.
    • Fixed a bug in Tencent QQ which caused the application to hang when adding a new contact.
    • Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 will display correctly again.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac version 5 now has DosBox support working

The upcoming version 5 of PlayonLinux and PlayonMac now has DosBox support completed. Progress at last!

https://github.com/PlayOnLinux

 Here is a Video of PlayOnMac version 5


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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Q4Wine 1.3.4 has been released for Linux and Mac OSX

Q4Wine is a Qt GUI for Wine. It will help you manage wine prefixes and installed applications. It currently supported on Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X platforms.

Q4Wine was initially written by Alexey S. Malakhov aka John Brezerk. General idea comes from WineTools scripts which were initially written by Frank Hendriksen.

 General features are:

  • Can export Qt color theme into wine colors settings;
  • Can easy work with different wine versions at same time;
  • Easy creating, deleting and managing prefixes (WINEPREFIX);
  • Easy controlling for wine process;
  • Autostart icons support;
  • Easy cd-image use;
  • You can extract icons from PE files (.exe .dll);
  • Easy backup and restore for managed prefixes;
  • Winetriks support;
  • And more: Explore it!;
 Changelog for 1.3.4:

Added:
  • Add WINE env var to console environment BUG-91;
Fixed:
  • Icons are not loaded properly with Qt 5.7.x;
  • Console launch environment uses dead setting fields BUG-90;
  • Q4Wine file selectors filters files with upper case extension BUG-94[QTBUG-51712];
  • Refactor winetrkics parser: use direct parser + transactions;
  • Links imported from Windows desktop do not work BUG-103;
  • Import from Windows desktop is not working in some cases BUG-103;
  • Processes tab does not detect some wine processes correctly BUG-100;

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Monday, September 5, 2016

OpenOffice might be shut down due to lack of resources

For the longest time, those not wishing to pay money for the "standard" office application suite—Microsoft Office—had a few open-source alternatives: OpenOffice or LibreOffice. That list might soon get sliced in half, however, as recent reports indicate that OpenOffice might be shut down due to lack of resources.


At least, that's what Apache OpenOffice volunteer vice president Dennis Hamilton suggested in a recent email to the openoffice-dev mailing list.

"I have regularly observed that the Apache OpenOffice project has limited capacity for sustaining the project in an energetic manner. It is also my considered opinion that there is no ready supply of developers who have the capacity, capability, and will to supplement the roughly half-dozen volunteers holding the project together. It doesn't matter what the reasons for that might be," he wrote.

The chief issue seems to center around OpenOffice's inability to address identified security vulnerabilities, as there simply aren't enough developers or volunteers involved in the updating process to release timely patches for the open-source software. As Ars Technica notes, the last major OpenOffice update was for version 4.1.2 back in October 2015. In contrast, competing open-source office suite LibreOffice—where a number of OpenOffice developers have moved to—is well-maintained and frequently updated.

If OpenOffice were to shut down, one possible outcome is that the entire project's contents would be archived and available for future developers to check out as they desire, though they wouldn't be able to commit any code to this archive. Many of the various ways developers (and OpenOffice) currently communicate would go away: the OpenOffice blog, social media accounts, as well as the official announce, private, and security OpenOffice listservs.

"I cannot prediction how this will all work out. It is remiss of me not to point out that retirement of the project is a serious possibility," Hamilton wrote.

"There are those who fear that discussing retirement can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. My concern is that the project could end with a bang or a whimper. My interest is in seeing any retirement happen gracefully. That means we need to consider it as a contingency. For contingency plans, no time is a good time, but earlier is always better than later."

OpenOffice has been downloaded more than 160 million times since May of 2012.

--

Maybe the two projects should join resources kind of like what happened with WineHQ and Wine-Staging. It's always better to work as one unified group on any project. And we always have CrossOver Linux   and CrossOver Mac to run Microsoft Office with, Right?
 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Status update for Microsoft Office 2013 on Linux with CodeWeavers CrossOver

Back on November 12th 2015 I posted about Microsoft Office 2013 running on Linux with CodeWeavers upcoming CrossOver 15 release. Unfortunately, I got a little ahead of myself and thought Office 2013 would be supported by now. But due to the complexity of supporting such a large piece of software like a office suite it's taken a little longer then what I expected.

Here is a quick overview of Microsoft Office 2013 status on Linux once again.

  Microsoft Office 2013 (code named Office 15) is a version of Microsoft Office, a productivity suite for Microsoft Windows. It is the successor to Microsoft Office 2010 and the predecessor to Microsoft Office 2016. It includes extended file format support, user interface updates and support for touch among its new features. Office 2013 is suitable for IA-32 and x64 systems and requires Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 or a later version of either. A version of Office 2013 comes included on Windows RT devices. Mainstream support ends on April 10, 2018. Extended support ends on April 11, 2023.

Development on this version of Microsoft Office was started in 2010 and ended on October 11, 2012, when Microsoft Office 2013 was released to manufacturing. Microsoft released Office 2013 to general availability on January 29, 2013. This version includes new features such as integration support for online services (including OneDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, Yammer and Flickr), improved format support for Office Open XML (OOXML), OpenDocument (ODF) and Portable Document Format (PDF) and support for multi-touch interfaces.

Microsoft Office 2013 comes in twelve different editions, including three editions for retail outlets, two editions for volume licensing channel, five subscription-based editions available through Microsoft Office 365 program, the web application edition known as Office Web Apps and the Office RT edition made for tablets and mobile devices. Office Web Apps are available free of charge on the web although enterprises may obtain on-premises installations for a price. Microsoft Office applications may be obtained individually; this includes Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project and Microsoft SharePoint Designer which are not included in any of the twelve editions.


So, What has changed sense November 2015? Office 2013 can now log into MSN and download templates just like on Windows. DirectWrite has also seen many improvements over the past six months. It looks like most of the UI bugs have been fixed now. The installation and overall stability will have improved and I would hazard to say the registration has improved.

Carom Wills the Quality Assurance representative at CodeWeavers posted a few days back a screen-shot of Word 2013 logged into MSN, just look at the top right corner and you will see Cody Weaver as the user.

 Specs :

Distro : Ubuntu Linux 14.04.3 LTS
CrossOver Release : 15.2 pre release build
Microsoft Office : Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013

You can go to MSDN and download Microsoft Office Professional Plus and get a free 60 day trial here. After you have registered and got the download it's time to run the install with CrossOver Linux 15 on your Linux Computer. Keep in mind this will install and run on any of the popular modern Linux distributions, Ubuntu is in no way a requirement.

Word 2013 on Linux with CrossOver


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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

How to run Windows programs on Linux with CodeWeavers CrossOver

Want to move to Linux, but there's this one application that's keeping you stuck on Windows? CodeWeaver's CrossOver Linux may be exactly what you need.

Just because there's a Windows application you must use doesn't mean you must run Windows. CodeWeavers CrossOver Linux enables you to run many popular Windows applications on Linux. Supported Windows applications include Microsoft Office (from Office 97 to Office 2010), Intuit Quicken, and some versions of Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop CS. CrossOver also runs games. For example, you can play such popular online games as World of Warcraft and Guild Wars.

Need Microsoft Office on your Linux PC? Thanks to CodeWeavers CrossOver that's not a problem.
Sure, with powerful enough hardware you could run your Windows applications on Linux inside a virtual machine (VM) such as Oracle's VirtualBox. The problem with these is that they don't run well on systems with limited resources. If CrossOver supports the applications you need you won't need to worry with fitting a VM.

CrossOver runs many but not all Windows programs. For example, you can run Visio 2010 on CrossOver Linux. AutoCAD? Not so much.

Will your program run on Linux, or for that matter CrossOver Mac? CrossOver keeps a complete listing of what runs, and what doesn't. You can also try CrossOver with a 15-day free trial to make sure the software you need works well on a Linux system.

CrossOver is based on the open-source project Wine, an implementation of the Windows application programming interface (API) on top of the Unix/Linux operating system family. Wine is a mature project with 20 plus years of work behind it.

Technically, you don't need CrossOver Linux to run Windows applications on Linux. You can do it with Wine alone -- if you know what you're doing. CrossOver gives you automated installation of Windows applications and technical support. In short, CrossOver makes it much easier to install and manage Windows applications on Linux.

CrossOver 15, the latest version, is available as a 15-day free trial. If you like it will cost $59.95. It comes with 12 months of upgrades and technical support. CrossOver is supported on Debian, Fedora, Mint, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Ubuntu. It should work on any Linux, but these are the officially supported distributions. CrossOver requires almost nothing from your PC except that it be capable of running Linux. Any PC from the last five years will have no trouble running it.

There's also a good free program, PlaysOnLinux, which duplicates some of CrossOver's functionality but doesn't have much support. If you're new to Linux, CrossOver is the best way to go. Since you can try it for free, you'll know before you buy whether it supports your favorite Windows applications.

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