WinZip app for Windows 8 released for $7.99

Many months ago, we first reported that the popular PC file compression program WinZip would have a "Metro" specific version made for Windows 8. Since then, the developers of WinZip have released new versions that will work with the desktop UI of Windows 8.

Today, WinZip finally released their promised app made for the "Modern" Windows 8 user interface. It's now available for download in the Windows Store for the price of $7.99, although there is a free trial version available to grab as well.

The new Windows 8 app allows for the creation of both .zip and .zipx files. The site states:

Use it to get oversized files or entire folders out to friends, contacts and followers through email and Facebook thanks to direct connection to ZipSend and ZipShare file sharing services. Whether sent by email, shared online or stored on your system, WinZip helps keep files safe and makes them easier to transfer.

WinZip also says that the new app can access the Share charm inside Windows 8 to share zip files to others.

This is just the latest high profile PC program or app that has made it to the Windows Store, earlier today, the Nook app from Barnes and Noble made its first appearance for Windows 8 users.

Thanks to Zawl Ali for the tip!

Source: Windows Store website | Image via WinZip

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Guys keep bringing up alternatives that are free and better and so on, guys, this is all about Windows RT support, do any of those even run on Windows RT, I doubt it.

There's cheaper alternatives: Unpacker and iUnarchive. They both support more file types, from the descriptions at least.

jhoff80 said,
There's cheaper alternatives: Unpacker and iUnarchive. They both support more file types, from the descriptions at least.

Tried both and unpacker does absolutly nothing. iUnarchive works great! deals with almost every archive, Multi part archives and password protected to. Should add possibilty to create an archive, but it does the job for me perfectly. As far as I know it is the only app which works on ARM

ACTIONpack said,
WinRAR is the best and free

"WinRAR is a trial product, meaning you have the chance to thoroughly test it. The program can be used absolutely free of charge for 40 days!"

It has never been free.

Arceles said,
If I have to buy a compressor program... I would buy WinRAR.

That's nice but some people are using Windows RT or want to have metro integration into their share charms etc. Choices are good, might not please you but its definitely good to have there!

thealexweb said,
Is this yet another Windows 8 only app? Why are a lot of apps not support RT?

It works on Windows RT...

thealexweb said,
Is this yet another Windows 8 only app? Why are a lot of apps not support RT?

Any app that's in the Windows Store should also support Windows RT. At least that should be the case with how the WinRT framework runs.

GP007 said,

Any app that's in the Windows Store should also support Windows RT. At least that should be the case with how the WinRT framework runs.

I seen quite a few that don't support both e.g. the Google app at launch

Seriously? I use 7Zip and the built in compression utility. WinZip use to be great in the 90s when most folks use to be on dial up and that extra bit of compression came in handy.

Mr. Dee said,
Seriously? I use 7Zip and the built in compression utility. WinZip use to be great in the 90s when most folks use to be on dial up and that extra bit of compression came in handy.

Because 7-zip works on Windows RT?

coth said,

There is 7-zip port called 8zip. Link is bellow.
8 Zip is not related to 7-Zip in any form. It's just a simple Zip archive manager, which is a lot more limited then 7-zip.

dagamer34 said,

Because 7-zip works on Windows RT?


Why would EVER need Winzip on RT? What could it possible offer that the built in tool doesn't do?

ahhell said,

Why would EVER need Winzip on RT? What could it possible offer that the built in tool doesn't do?

Probably faster compression/decompression. Also specifying compression level.

Okay maybe not everyone uses the latter but I timed a ZIP decompressing between WinRAR and compressed folders on the desktop. 1:10 for WinRAR and 2:10 for compressed folders. Draw your conclusions from that.

ahhell said,

Why would EVER need Winzip on RT? What could it possible offer that the built in tool doesn't do?

Well, for starters, it only handles .zip and won't do so well with .rar or .7z or any of other such formats.

Mr. Dee said,
Seriously? I use 7Zip and the built in compression utility. WinZip use to be great in the 90s when most folks use to be on dial up and that extra bit of compression came in handy.

I agree. With Winzip on a dialup it was easily the best product out there. Winzip saved hours off my life. These days though compressing a large document often takes longer than it would to download at its uncompressed space.

Not sure how useful this is, seeing as there are free alternatives, such as 7-zip, Windows, etc. I remember using WinZip way way back in the day (like 90's), and just using the program without paying (not pirated, but you could bypass the screen to buy the program).

tsupersonic said,
Not sure how useful this is, seeing as there are free alternatives, such as 7-zip, Windows, etc. I remember using WinZip way way back in the day (like 90's), and just using the program without paying (not pirated, but you could bypass the screen to buy the program).

Do those run on ARM? Perhaps they hope to squeeze some cash out of W:RT owners before free alternatives become available.

At any rate, the app does look very nice. It's how I imagine productivity apps to look like.

Ronnet said,

Do those run on ARM? Perhaps they hope to squeeze some cash out of W:RT owners before free alternatives become available.

At any rate, the app does look very nice. It's how I imagine productivity apps to look like.

Well they are opensource, so you can recompile them for ARM, for free.

Sacha said,

Well they are opensource, so you can recompile them for ARM, for free.


7zip is already available in ARM version, but I don't know if it works in WinRT desktop.

Sacha said,

Well they are opensource, so you can recompile them for ARM, for free.

I don't think you can just recompile the ARM version and have it run on RT. It's the same difference between a windows x86 app and a OSX x86 app. Sure they're both x86 but the framework/APIs of the OS you want to run them on are different.

I think thats a fair price to charge.

That said, its funny how my knee jerk reaction was "whoa thats expensive" because its in the app store setting rather than a desktop program.

gohatters said,
I think thats a fair price to charge.

That said, its funny how my knee jerk reaction was "whoa thats expensive" because its in the app store setting rather than a desktop program.


Really? My knee jerk reaction is "whoa that's expensive" too but not because it's in an appstore, it's my reaction since they are asking $7.99 for an app that does nothing better than their free or much cheaper competitors does.

WinZip and WinRar should both go and just die.