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ChromeOS can now run some Windows apps with CrossOver Beta

CrossOver enters an open beta, bringing ChromeOS users access to some Windows apps.

Google's vision of a Chromebook-dominant future may not be too far off with the latest open beta of CrossOver. The service has been available on Linux and macOS for some years now, but this is its first debut on ChromeOS. The basis of CrossOver is the open source Wine project, which translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, making it more versatile and performance friendly compared to other emulation-based options. 

Now available on ChromeOS, CodeWeavers' CrossOver allows ChromeOS devices to run Windows applications, provided the device uses an X86 processor. The company claims this the beta has been refined to work with most standard Windows programs, but still suffers from some limitations imposed by Android. Games that require mouse-locking, for example, won't work until a much-needed API integration is introduced. OpenGL applications also can't run, as Android is limited to OpenGL ES. 

To run CrossOver, you will need an Android or ChromeOS device with a X86 processor. The beta version of the application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.


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