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Microsoft's Wine 2.0 Windows/Linux app converter tool now available

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January 25, 2017

Microsoft's Wine tool, the open source utility that translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls and allows Windows apps to run on Linux, Mac OS and BSD, has reached its new version 2.0 today.

The utility's developers rate the ability to run Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit support on Mac OS as the most significant of the 6,000-plus changes recently made to the popular tool.

For example, support for Office 2013 is possible thanks to the inclusion of a Web Services API that allows basic SOAP calls.

Then there's also several graphics improvements to support higher-resolution displays, plus the added support for more graphics cards. Direct-3D version 10 and 11 also get a boost.

Additionally, JSON is now supported and the winebrowser helper application now supports multiple arguments to invoke the host browser or mailer, we are told.

In the newly updated kernel, a new driver architecture means that human interface devices get better support. In future releases, it's also hoped that USB devices will be supported as well.

To be sure, such advances may come more quickly than they have in the past. Wine took about fifteen years to reach version 1.0 which emerged only in 2008.

The project has now adopted a new development process it expects will deliver significant annual releases, Microsoft asserted us.

The source code is yours for the taking as a tarball on the company's Wine page. We'll keep you posted.

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