I kinda feel sorry for them. Pretty much when WinXP came out, WinZip was rendered obsolete. I mean, it still treated ZIP files better, but it wasn't enough for me to trial / purchase a seperate program.
Eh, with Auslogics' suite of freeware utilities and 7-zip, I really have no need for WinZip's offering. I suppose it could be useful for corporate environments, though, where an integrated platform is more desirable.
Lets not forget Infozip which is free and works on just about every *nix system as well. The world said we wont pay for compression utilities a long timme ago. Its time for winzip to evolve or die and making some PC cleaning utility well um people wont pay for that eather. Sorry winzip.
I agree with sillyboy. If you work in an environment where IT audits are routinely performed, you can't be using all those freeware where the EULA prohibits commercial use.
I personally stopped using WinZip over 10 years ago though.
Because the zip business went down in flames especially since windows (since xp) can natively unzip files. Plus they have competition like WinRAR that offers a free trial, so why bother with winzip. WinRAR has much better features and flexability plus it can open SOOOOO many more files (Anything from ISO, ARJ, RAR, BIN [and tons more] and you can even change the .exe extension on some installation packs to RAR and just unzip the files manually.) I've had to do it a few times for some installations that failed. I just extracted the files I needed and wella!
If you ask me that ship is sinkin' fast and this is proof.
I'll always remember WinZip for its "this program is shareware" popup that always moved the "OK" button around, so you couldn't always just click the bottom-right button or whatever. Still, the last time I used WinZip on my own personal computer was when the shareware came pre-installed on a Compaq laptop 10 years ago (yeah Windows ME!).
I worked at a company 5 years ago that still used WinZip internally, but like Winzip 6, it couldn't even handle more than 65535 files in a single archive. I guess the company couldn't be bothered to upgrade their site license to a recent version. My current employer offers WinZip 14.5, but we have to request a license, and I see no reason to involve my VP just to zip/unzip files.
Paid compression utilities have no place on an average computer anymore (though corporate PCs might still be a different matter for legal reasons).