CodeWeavers Is Working On A New Web Browser
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 30 April 2012 at 04:17 PM EDT. 18 Comments
CodeWeavers, the company behind the popular Wine-based CrossOver software for running Windows-based games and office software on Linux and Mac OS X, is preparing to release some sort of new web browser.

In the quarterly newsletter that they send out to their customers, the e-mail sent out this morning mentions a "Wine-Enabled Web Browser" as part of "What's New In Product Development."

The email says, "In addition, we are working on creating a new Wine-enabled Web browser that will be able to take the place of Internet Explorer. By mating Wine support for ActiveX controls with a new browser, users will be able to navigate to pages that were previously only accessible using IE. This browser is currently in early alpha development (translation: it's really ugly right at the moment) but is available for limited customer testing, (for those with a masochistic bent...)"

CodeWeavers has played around with the Chromium web-browser code-base in the past, but this is the first time we're hearing of any official CodeWeavers web-browser. Then again though, how often these days are you met by needing Microsoft ActiveX on the web?

Also as far as what's coming down the pipe, "CrossOver XI saw initial support for Microsoft Office 2010, and we're working to improve that support. We are also working on support for Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as two soon-to-be-released game titles: Diablo3 and GuildWars 2. We have some other cool game titles in the works that we can't talk about."

CrossOver XI was officially released by CodeWeavers in March and was based upon the recently released Wine 1.4 code-base.
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