Windows 11 Adds Support for RAR: WinRAR No Longer Needed

While Microsoft highlighted adding AI capabilities of Windows 11 in its Developer blog on May 23, one of the best updates implemented is the support for additional archive formats, including tar, 7-zip, rar, and gz. You read that right: with Windows 11, you will no longer need to pirate a copy of WinRAR to just open archive formats that are not ZIP and use other formats like RAR.

“We have added native support for additional archive formats, including tar, 7-zip, rar, gz and many others using the libarchive open-source project. You now can get improved performance of archive functionality during compression on Windows,” Microsoft said in its developer blog.

While WinRAR offers an indefinite trial of sorts, it will bug you once in a while to pay for a $29 license. With this new Windows 11 update, this should save you at least Php 1.7k for a licensed copy of WinRAR if you hate being notified that you are using a trial version of the software. We don’t know how this update will affect WinRAR’s business in the meantime.

With this latest round of updates for Windows 11, Microsoft is finding ways to entice those using Windows 10 to upgrade, as it is set to end support in 2025–with 22H2 being the last major Windows 10 update.



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