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WinZip Goes Cloud And Social With Its Windows 8 App


Written by  Sorab Ghaswalla | 12 February 2013
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winzipThis is a classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing. About three months ago, WinZip Computing, a Corel company, had introduced the WinZip for Windows 8 Operating System. All of us have used WinZip one time or the other to zip/unzip ‘heavy’ files, right? And know its importance?

Funnily, yesterday, after the company had announced an update to WinZip for Windows 8, there spread some confusion online about it. Many online portals reported that WinZip for Microsoft Windows had now turned free, but as it turns out, that’s really not the case.

A press statement issued by WinZip announcing the update, clearly states that interested users could go to the Windows Store where they can avail a 15 day trial of the software before deciding to buy it for US $7.99 per year! So much so for the free part.

Anyway, coming to the software itself, the new options, says WinZip, make it even easier to access, manage and safely share files from your device. It works like a centralised hub for all file sharing. Those who have tried it out say the user-interface looks good with its tile feature, allowing users to browse files and folders. This version also runs on Windows RT.

WinZip for Windows 8 also provides access to the ZipSend service for sending archives to others, while allowing you to securely share your files via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and more, all from a single location. WinZip says the direct integration will enable users to interact with multiple cloud services and social media channels.

This WinZip version lets users take advantage of WinZip compression, encryption and extensive cloud service integration to open .zip and .zipx files from the cloud; save .zip and .zipx files to your cloud accounts; add files and folders from your cloud accounts to your zips; and unzip files directly to your cloud accounts. But this could be drawback, though. What happens when users use other file formats to send and receive files?

Anyway, here are some more advantages offered by the new version:

  • Use banking-level AES encryption to secure confidential files from prying eyes, whether they're sent by email, shared online or stored on your system.
  • Easily email large files by zipping your attachments or send them using the integrated ZipSend file delivery service.
  • Securely share any type of file and rich content on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn with ZipShare.
  • Use the Windows 8 'Share' charm to deliver zipped files to your contacts through email, social media or other apps.
  • Compress large files or entire folders for faster transfer and to save space on your device. New support for .zipx enables the best compression for files including JPEGs.

Just to stress the point, the new WinZip for Windows 8 is available now through the Windows Store for an annual subscription of US$7.99.  

Sorab Ghaswalla

Sorab Ghaswalla

Sorab Ghaswalla is the Founder of India-based digital world consultancy firm, New Age Content Services LLP, an Internet Entrepreneur & Consultant, a journalist, and owner/Editor of 2 websites. In his free time, he contemplates the larger implications of digital life.

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