WinZip 18 Unveiled for Home Users & Enterprises

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Corel on Wednesday rolled out WinZip 18, the first version of its file compression, sharing, and encryption software to come in an enterprise edition in addition to WinZip’s long-time flavors for consumers and SMBs. Certified for Windows 8.1 as well as earlier iterations of Windows, WinZip 18 adds new capabilities that include Cloud Links, Cloud Backup, SugarSync integration, and Express Add-Ons for quickly accessing the most widely used WinZip features.

“File compression remains as relevant as ever. When WinZip was first invented, the main reason was to save space on hard drives, because hard drive storage was so expensive back then. But now WinZip is used less for backup and more and more for file sharing. Instead of just slapping a whole bunch of files on to an email  as attachments, people are also sharing files through cloud services,” said Jacques Lamontagne, director of product management, in a briefing for Notebook Review.

“Meanwhile, because of government prying, there is much more sensitivity to privacy. WinZip provides effortless file sharing and security at the same time,” he contended.

Aside from privacy, computer users are also concerned about file sharing issues such as maximizing free space in cloud storage accounts, mobile sharing, and the fact that as people sign up for accounts to more cloud services, they have “more to manage,” according to Lamontagne.

Corel initially added support for cloud service file sharing in WinZip 17, via integration with Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and CloudMe. The new WinZip 18 is integrated with SugarSync, as well.

New Cloud Links & Cloud Backup

WinZip also adds improved cloud navigation, for “accessing the files in your cloud accounts as easily as the files on your system,” and new Cloud Links, for “easily sending links to your files over email, instant messaging, and social media,” said the Corel exec. (For expanded views of the screenshots at right, please click on the images.)

Cloud Backup, a new feature in the Pro edition, allows for automated backup to any desktop folder or connected cloud account, as well as between multiple cloud accounts.

Four Express Add-Ons

New for all editions are WinZip Express Add-Ons for Explorer, Outlook, Photos, and SharePoint, for quick access to features such as zip, encrypt, cloud sharing, PDF file conversion, and more.

Through the Photos add-on, for example, you can select photos, add passwords, watermark them, resize them for e-mailing, and ask other people which pictures they want.

Beyond Windows, Corel offers WinZip through apps for Mac, iOS and Android.

WinZip 18 for Windows is priced at $29.95 for the Standard Edition and $49.95 for Pro. For a limited time, Corel is offering WinZip Express for Explorer free of charge with any WinZip 18 purchase. Otherwise, consumers and SMBs pay $9.95 per add-on. The software is available now.

Upcoming Enterprise Edition

Slated for availability in December, the forthcoming WinZip 18 Enterprise is designed to let IT managers at corporations and government agencies control the cloud services employees can access with WinZip and enforce encryption and password protocols.

The Enterprise version will include WinZip 18 Pro, Corel’s WinZip Courier 5.0 (for compressing files to be attached to Outlook messages), plus Express Add-Ons for Explorer, Photos,and SharePoint. WinZip Enterprise will support Amazon S3, and it will be accompanied by an IT installation and configuration guide, Lamontagne noted.




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