WinZip confirms plans to create a Windows 8 Metro app

As Windows 8 gets closer to its planned release later this year, you can bet that a number of popular software programs for previous versions of Windows will be considering a jump to Windows 8, especially for using the Metro touch screen-based user interface.

We will be doing a feature article that will go into more detail on what software companies will be creating Windows 8 Metro products in the near future but for now we can confirm that one popular software product will indeed be making the move to support Windows 8 Metro.

That software is WinZip, the highly popular data compression tool that released its first version for Windows way back in 1991. The latest version for Windows, released in October 2011, added support for a 64-bit version, among other new features. The company has more recently released versions of the software for the Mac OS and also for iOS products like the iPhone and iPad.

We contacted WinZip to find out if they had any plans to release a version for Windows 8's Metro UI and got a response from Tom Vaughan, the VP of Products at WinZip. He told us:

WinZip will definitely support the Windows 8 Metro platform.  There isn't too much more I can share at this time, but we're excited to work with Microsoft and our hardware platform partners on Windows 8.

We will be updating you with more information about WinZip for Windows 8 Metro and stay tuned for our article about what other software makers plan to do for Windows 8 Metro support.

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Man, WinZip, that's going back some years. But a Metro version? How would you navigate quickly to the extraction folder with the stupid full-screen app on your computer? And then to open the folder and see the extracted files, whoop! you gotta switch to Desktop mode. Dumb x5. Personally I've been using Power Archiver for the last several years and really like it's layout and look. And it's much cheaper than WinRAR.

What's the point in doing Winrar with WinRT ? It's totally useless to have Winrar as a metro apps. Those guys are nuts

I remember using WinZip back in the Windows 3.11-era.

A friend of mine had a 486 DX-2 66mhz PC with a CD-Rom drive, while I still had an Amiga.
Some Amiga magazines began cover-mounting CDs instead of 3.5" floppies. Those CDs were filled with public domain software (games, utilities, scene demos), so I would use my mate's PC to copy data from the CDs to 720k MS-Dos formatted disks, taking advantage of WinZip's (well pkzip's) spanning feature to compress tens of megabytes (yes, tens!) across multiple disks.

Ah, those were the days...

Utilites to not belong as stand-alone metro apps.

What is arguably the best part about Metro is that it makes computing easy to use for the average consumer.

I wouldn't expect to need zip/unzip functionality in my Metro life.


This is a bad idea.

dotf said,
Utilites to not belong as stand-alone metro apps.

What is arguably the best part about Metro is that it makes computing easy to use for the average consumer.

I wouldn't expect to need zip/unzip functionality in my Metro life.


This is a bad idea.


Agree. IMO Metro apps are for reading and interact with information directly. I don't see any reason why would I like to play with my backup archives in Metro UI.

BTW I use 7-Zip, it is free.

I hope all these companies supporting Windows 8 "Metro" are prepared to deal with the blowback for supporting such a colossal failure.

/S


Nice to see, but I haven't used WinZip since the Windows 9x days. Would be nice to see if Microsoft includes built in functionality in Metro. Heck, I'm hoping they have a built in Metro Explorer...

Dot Matrix said,
I hope all these companies supporting Windows 8 "Metro" are prepared to deal with the blowback for supporting such a colossal failure.

/S


Nice to see, but I haven't used WinZip since the Windows 9x days. Would be nice to see if Microsoft includes built in functionality in Metro. Heck, I'm hoping they have a built in Metro Explorer...

No.
Your hoping to bring desktop concepts into Metro would be a violation of Metro and the Windows runtime.
Don't keep computers hard to use, simplify!

dotf said,

No.
Your hoping to bring desktop concepts into Metro would be a violation of Metro and the Windows runtime.
Don't keep computers hard to use, simplify!

Not really. It would be nice to have (basic) file management in Metro for tablet use.

Dot Matrix said,

Not really. It would be nice to have (basic) file management in Metro for tablet use.

Don't forget though that Metro's aim is to bring all your files from multiple locations (even online) into a single file picker. It should no longer matter where files are physically stored once you have set your library locations initially. I don't care where the photos are on my iPad for example, they're just "there" when I open the applicable app.

TCLN Ryster said,

Don't forget though that Metro's aim is to bring all your files from multiple locations (even online) into a single file picker. It should no longer matter where files are physically stored once you have set your library locations initially. I don't care where the photos are on my iPad for example, they're just "there" when I open the applicable app.

True, but it's what would separate the iPad from Windows. To me, the iPad always lacked file management, which is why I've been holding out for a Windows tablet. If Microsoft can Metro-fy Explorer, and reduce the amount of times users have to go to the desktop, I think they could have an advantage over the iPad.

Dot Matrix said,
...

The point you seem to be missing are that Microsoft are working to do away with file management tasks entirely.
This is why you will never see a metro explorer from MS.

myxomatosis said,
Man I hope there will be an ICQ Metro app...

And... and... an AOL Metro app, and... a nice Metro link to your GeoCities page...

Ah, I remember WinZip from the good ol' days of Windows 95. I haven't touched it in ages. I use WinRAR for my archives. I even bought a license for it.

Winzip died for many after MS included zip support in windows. Then winrar became the norm, simply because RAR format rose in popularity.

eddman said,
Winzip died for many after MS included zip support in windows. Then winrar became the norm, simply because RAR format rose in popularity.

yet that too, is not free, and has a ridiculous number of unlicensed installs...

yakumo said,

yet that too, is not free, and has a ridiculous number of unlicensed installs...

Actually winrar still fully works after the trial period. You don't have to pay for it. It's more of a donationware.

eddman said,

Actually winrar still fully works after the trial period. You don't have to pay for it. It's more of a donationware.

Lol, you just keep telling yourself that it's not illegal Just because it "fully works" after the trial period ends, and they have chosen not to enforce that yet, doesn't mean you don't have to pay for it. I've just read the applicable portion of the license and nowhere in there does it say that the payment is optional.

TCLN Ryster said,

Lol, you just keep telling yourself that it's not illegal Just because it "fully works" after the trial period ends, and they have chosen not to enforce that yet, doesn't mean you don't have to pay for it. I've just read the applicable portion of the license and nowhere in there does it say that the payment is optional.

I didn't know that, OK. It's not like I did that on purpose. I simply installed it, kept using it and noticed that it still works after the period, so I thought paying was optional. For me it is the first program that behaves like that.

eddman said,
Winzip died for many after MS included zip support in windows.

People actually used the built in zip folders that were mostly suck compared to real zip archive software?

TCLN Ryster said,

Lol, you just keep telling yourself that it's not illegal Just because it "fully works" after the trial period ends, and they have chosen not to enforce that yet, doesn't mean you don't have to pay for it. I've just read the applicable portion of the license and nowhere in there does it say that the payment is optional.


But it did. All it ever does is throw a pop up at the user's face asking them to 'donate'. It's not like you can't use it after the trial period over, right?

ensiform said,

People actually used the built in zip folders that were mostly suck compared to real zip archive software?

I believe Winzip does/did the same thing after a trail period it has a pop up nag screen.

ensiform said,

People actually used the built in zip folders that were mostly suck compared to real zip archive software?


When the most common action with a ZIP file is extracting...yes. I use them all the time, since it means I don't have to download an extra program just to open a ZIP file.

Was great in the late 90's. Saved many an hour from downloading over 56k. The software though has much better alternatives now though.

s3n4te said,
WinRAR for life.

WinRAR isn't free either. Personally I prefer the UI of Winzip if you're going to pay for one. 7Zip if not

Randall_Lind said,
Winzip wow I haven't heard that name in years. I thought Winrar killed it?

No, MS' licencing of WinZIP's tech killed it as far as being a ubiquitous piece of installed software

/It also saved to company since then

Sraf said,

No, MS' licencing of WinZIP's tech killed it as far as being a ubiquitous piece of installed software

/It also saved to company since then

I thought they licensed PK Zip's tech (you know, the inventors of the zip format), not Winzip's?

Most over used over installed piece of shareware ever when free 7zip will do and you won't be one of the 5 billion people using trial run 23462456 of 30 allowed by the eula.