Technical Evangelist, Brian Pene, just started looking into the new_release of CrossOver 6.2 for the Mac which features updates both to increase compatibility and to make Windows applications run faster than ever. CrossOver 6.2 caught his eye when he watched a demo video. There's a CodeWeaver YouTube video that shows CrossOver in a positive light (running Team fortress 2 DX game):
What is special about Crossover is you don't need to install Windows OS to run your applications. Instead of relying on the user installing Windows, Crossover uses a concept of "bottles" which are essentially wrappers containing a complete C: drive and all its standard sub directories: Windows, Program Files, etc., complete Windows registry, a full set of most CrossOver settings, and one or more Windows applications. This makes things easy!
Investigating alternative platforms for working with design applications is alive in the lab.