CHEERS! Office 2013 now on Wine 2.0

Desktop productivity – without the Windows crap

Microsoft may have relinquished SQL Server's Windows monogamy and let Linux join the party, but still it refuses to yield Office.

Open-sourcers, however, have stepped in where Redmond fears to tread.

Wine 2.0 has been released following a year in development with support for Office 2013 among a list of 6,600 changes.

Wine is an open-source compatibility layer that appeared in 1993, and hit version 1.0 in 2008, allowing Windows apps to run on Unix-like operating systems, such as Linux. Office 2013 is the latest in a line of Microsoft's productivity suite to work with Wine and therefore Linux. Other changes in Wine 2.0 include 64-bit support for MacOS.

Gamers also get a boost, with more Direct3D 10 and 11 features implemented – including more resource formats – while the Wine3D graphics card database recognises a broader number of GPUs.

You can read more about Wine 2.0 here and download the packages here. ®

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