• Microsoft ‘killed” WinRAR and 7-zip

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    Microsoft adding .rar and .7z files extraction to Windows 11.


    ..Archive formats like tar, 7-zip, RAR, gz and many others will now be supported using the libarchive open-source project.

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      I wonder if it will be as full featured as 7zip is now in its implementation, I must confess to never really using WinRAR, as 7zip basically does it all.

      However still not exactly tempted to abandon Win10 just yet.

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      IMHO, your topic title is extremely misleading!

      There’s absolutely nothing in the article you link to that indicates Win11 users won’t be able to still download, install and use WinRAR, 7-zip or other 3rd party archive extractors if they choose to. So exactly “how” does Microsoft’s adding native support for more archive formats justify a claim they’ve killed WinRAR and 7-zip.

      In fact, if their “native support” for extracting .7z, .gz, .rar, etc. archives is like what they use for .zip archives (which it most likely will be), I’d be willing to bet a lot of users will still want to use WinRAR or 7-zip because those programs offer way more options than simply “extracting” the contents of the archive.

      Personally, I’ve been using 7-zip instead of Windows “native support” for dealing with compressed files for a very long time because I wanted more control than Windows “native support” provided.


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