WinZip Gets Office-Style Ribbon Interface

WinZip, probably the most well-known utility for file compression, encryption, extraction and sharing now features a Microsoft Office 2010-style ribbon interface in their latest release. The new UI arrives in the updated WinZip 14.5 software package (available here) which also includes special features just for Windows 7 users. Specifically, the new WinZip supports libraries, jump lists, explorer preview, touch screen input, multi-touch gestures and more.

CNET says the ribbon is “the most radical change to the program” in their review, noting that it makes the program instantly recognizable to Office users and helps to highlight the advanced features in a way where users can finally locate them. However, if you’re anti-ribbon, the Classic interface is still available under “Options.”

The new WinZip looks great, but the price ($29.95) is probably a little too high for most of us who simply use the built in compression and extraction tools found in Windows. However, anyone who needs the advanced features WinZip provides should be happy with the upgrade.

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