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CodeWeavers ships CrossOver 18 with full macOS Mojave support

CodeWeavers has updated CrossOver, the application for running Windows applications on macOS desktops without using Windows itself, with version 18.0.0 introducing full support for macOS Mojave and numerous minor improvements.

The CodeWeavers team has updated Wine, the core technology behind CrossOver that allows Windows software to run on macOS and Linux, bringing it up to version 3.14. According to the company, the change makes "thousands of improvements" in CrossOver 18 over previous versions, just from its inclusion.

Among the bug fixes included in the release is a solution to a big that caused Office context menus to disappear from view, while another resolved issue involved a corrupt file error in Office 2016 when installed via Internet Explorer. Bugs relating to the client are also said to have been fixed.

While there are changes that help macOS users, the bulk of the improvement in this release fall on the Linux version of the software. While not available to macOS users initially, it is likely the updates will cross over to the Mac version in a future release.

As part of the Linux-specific changes, version 18 includes improved support for DirectX 11 using Wine3D, making Windows games using the API run more smoothly. The Linux release is also the first to be compatible with DXVK, a Vulkan-based Direct3D 10 and Direct3D 11 implementation that can be installed into new and existing bottles using a crosstie.

Linux users also benefit from support for Direct3D 12 via UKD3D, a Direct3D-to-Vulkan translation library. Lastly, there is support for several popular Blizzard games, including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Diablo III.

CodeWeavers advise Mac users with active support entitlements will be upgraded to CrossOver 18 the next time they launch the application.

CrossOver 18 for Mac starts from $39.95 for the single version license, with one-year and lifetime versions featuring support and upgrades also available for $$59.95 and $499.95 respectively. Version 18.0.0 works with macOS 10.11 El Capitan and later, and requires an Intel-based Mac with at least 300 megabytes of free disk space and further capacity for Windows applications.