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WinZip continues to push off last year’s momentum with version 17 to persuade users that it remains significant in today’s world of computing.

Much of what’s under the hood remains solid and hasn’t aged. The latest entry builds upon the 64-bit ZIP engine from 2011 by adding additional OpenCL support for multicore CPUs like Ivy Bridge and AMD Fusion. But in version 17, WinZip’s redesigned ribbon interface and workflow takes the spotlight.

WinZip has opted to simplify the way users manage their archives with a redesigned ribbon. The language is easier to understand and bears some resemblance to a certain “office” product. Deeply ingrained in WinZip’s application is now a slew of integrative additions to popular cloud services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive. WinZip acknowledges that users rely on many different online storage services, some even two or three, and aims to defragment the workflow of having to go to different places to manage files and accounts. By enabling direct access to these services from within its own interface, WinZip 17 lets you easily access and upload your archived files. It’s a welcome addition on top of the encryption measures that come with the application. Archives and accessing multiple cloud accounts from one location felt seamless and worked well once logged in to all relevant accounts.

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