Forum Question: Are There More Apps Like Crossover That Allows One To Install Windows Applications Without Installing Windows Plus Parallels/VM Fusion?

I am currently using Lion on a MacBook Pro. Crossover has been working fine, but it does admit that it will work with only a finite set of apps. Are there more apps like Crossover, that does not require me to install the whole windows operating system?
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Grant Ward

Comments: 5 Responses to “Are There More Apps Like Crossover That Allows One To Install Windows Applications Without Installing Windows Plus Parallels/VM Fusion?”

    12/14/11 @ 12:08 pm

    Crossover is the only one I have heard of. Haven’t used it, because it is so limited. What is wrong with using Parallels/VMWare? Better than buying a whole other box.
    Of course, one option is to simply buy the Mac version of the software. For instance, get Microsoft Office for Mac, rather than trying to run Office for Windows in a virtual environment. I get a lot of questions from people who don’t realize that a Mac version of the software exists — or that another Mac App exists that can do the same thing.
    Which application are you trying to run?

      grant
      12/14/11 @ 12:30 pm

      The application that I’m trying to run is a small application made bespoke for medical professionals by a local software company in the UK. I don’t mind installing Windows 7 since I am a recent migrator to Mac. I just wanted to establish that there aren’t any more one-trick-pony apps like Crossover and Wine, but cover a broader spectrum of apps. Thank you for your advice.

        12/14/11 @ 12:50 pm

        I would check with that specific company first, to make sure they don’t have a Mac version. At the very least, doing so will be another piece of data for them that there are Mac users who want their software.

    Tommy
    12/14/11 @ 1:09 pm

    There is WINE for Mac. WINE is software that accomplishes the same goal as Crossover. It’s very popular on Linux. I do not know how well it works on the Mac, though.

    Personally, I prefer the solution that Parallels offers. It’s far more reliable.

    FotoDirk
    12/15/11 @ 1:40 am

    In de Mac app store there is also WinOnX, but this SW will have about the same limitations as crossover.

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