Wine

Run Windows Apps On Almost Anything

Wine is a free compatibility layer which operates as a virtual Windows operating system on devices running other ones, such as Linux, MacOS and BSD. Because it translates Windows API as it goes, it does not function like a traditional emulator at all. View full description

PROS

  • Free and always will be
  • Runs software like MS Office without issues

CONS

  • A few annoying bugs
  • Some bad fonts when using OSX

Wine is a free compatibility layer which operates as a virtual Windows operating system on devices running other ones, such as Linux, MacOS and BSD. Because it translates Windows API as it goes, it does not function like a traditional emulator at all.

Windows Functionality

Capable of running on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, Wine makes using Windows applications without a Windows operating system simple. Although many emulators exist, they tend to simulate internal Windows logic like a virtual machine. Wine is different and makes real-time API calls into POSIX which means that it is much more flexible. For example, the programme eliminates many of the performance and memory penalties that are associated with some operating system emulators. Unlike other methods of using one operating system on another, it will allow users to integrate Windows applications into their desktops cleanly. The latest Windows versions have been set to Windows 7 for new prefixes and line breaking improvements have been made, as well. Begun in 1993, the project is coded by volunteers and has been downloaded millions of times. Bug fixes are constantly being developed.

Worth a Taster?

Try Wine out if you are concerned about the amount of systems there are that run Windows with little competition. It is ideal if you want something other than Microsoft on your computer but still wish to run Windows-compatible programmes.

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Wine Varies with device