Crossover Office, the suite that allows you to run Microsoft Office applications and other similar applications natively on Linux, has released version 5 of
the suite. The new release includes support for the newest version of MS Office 2003, improved skinning and display support, and many fixes for COM/OLE. Office is the second largest hurdle for using non-windows environments, especially with heavily embedded files that make use of active content, and Crossover Office has become very popular because of this. The Crossover team has also contributed code to the WINE project to further its development. Crossover Office lets you run many more applications than just Office, but it is also a paid for service. This is another great tool for those who want to test other waters.