CodeWeavers now offers a beta version of an app called CrossOver for download through the Play Store, which effectively enables several Windows apps to run on Chrome OS. This means Chromebook users who are willing to pay for a subscription will soon be able to download and run alternatives to Google’s suite of desktop apps and more. Even better, the beta version launched on November 7 and is available now. It’s also free to try and support will be offered for one year. All that’s required is an Intel x86-based Chromebook that has access to the Google Play Store – the last of these requirements is something that’s been slowly rolling out to many Chromebooks for some time now.
If the requirements listed above are met, a user simply needs to download the CrossOver app from the Google Play Store. This can be accomplished through the Play Store button included below. The app acts as a way to download and install Windows software such as Quicken or Microsoft Office. The upside is that these will run as full software, as opposed to running the Android app version – which may have limitations or be difficult to learn to use for those already familiar with the variants of office. Additionally, the hugely popular Steam gaming service can also be installed, so users can even use their Chromebook to enjoy some full-featured desktop entertainment experiences. These are just a few of the programs that CodeWeavers says will work through CrossOver. The company says its current database contains 13,000 compatible software titles and it’s not unlikely that more will be added over time.
It’s important to note that as of this writing, CrossOver is still a beta app. This means that there are probably bugs with the software as it currently stands. However, this should contain fewer issues than previously released developer preview builds of the app. It will also cost real money when the software is finalized, so it’s a good opportunity to try it out beforehand, whatever bugs might still be present. Pricing may or may not track current costs associated with versions of software the company already owns for other operating systems – which is currently pegged at around a one-time cost of $40 without support, $60 per year for the full support, or approximately $500 for full support as a one-time purchase. That said, it may be priced differently once finalized. However, that’s not necessarily a high cost to pay to be able to get the most out of Chrome OS and Windows from a single machine – and without the lag or other issues often associated with access software alternatives. from a distance.