My open source buddy-slash-analyst Raven Zachary (who also brought me news of the Green Phone) pinged me to tell me that CodeWeavers have launched the beta of CrossOver for the Mac, a full WINE environment port to OSX that lets you run Windows apps without… Windows! (…unlike Parallels which is a virtual machine.)
I wrote about this idea in July and it appears that the reality of OSX subsuming Windows is coming ever-closer.
Though many of the folks whoa are most excited about this are gamers, Raven’s screenshot proves how valuable and convenient this will be for Mac web developers who have been locked out of native Internet Explorer testing.
Oh, and pre-ordering saves you $20, gets you 3 months of extra service and a free upgrade to CrossOver Mac 6.0 (just an FYI).