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WinZip 10

So today was the first time where I had a second to download and look at WinZip 10. Before WinZip 10 was released, the company that makes the software was purchased by a turnaround specialist, known for taking free things and making money from them.

Well, it looks like that's the case with WinZip. Plastered throughout the site is language mentioning that the software is not a free upgrade, and indeed, you have to acknowledge this before heading to the download section. Attempts to use previously working codes with WinZip 10 failed. Miserably.

There are now two different versions of WinZip -- standard and pro -- as well as a WinZip Companion for Outlook (?!!). The other interesting think I noticed was during installation. This software wanted to install, by default, the Google Toolbar and Google Desktop. Das ist nicht sehr gut! Bad WinZip! No buscuit!

(I think I need to switch to decaf…)

I'm just wondering how many people will still go and purchase WinZip even though the basic ZIP functionality is included with Windows XP now. Granted, I *do* actually use the features that aren't included with XP, so I'll have to do something...

Meanwhile, back at the Cubicle of Facts, rialtus starts looking up information on Vector Capital and finds out that they bought LANDesk from Intel, invested heavily in Real Networks, purcchased Corel and made it private, and just recently completed the take-private buyout of register.com.

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msmcfeeley
Nov. 21st, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
huh?
rialtus
Nov. 21st, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
I said... *ahem*

So today was the first time where I had a second to download and look at WinZip 10. Before WinZip 10 was released, the company that makes the software was purchased by a turnaround specialist, known for taking free things and making money from them.

Well, it looks like that's the case with WinZip. Plastered throughout the site is language mentioning that the software is not a free upgrade, and indeed, you have to acknowledge this before heading to the download section. Attempts to use previously working codes with WinZip 10 failed. Miserably.

There are now two different versions of WinZip -- standard and pro -- as well as a WinZip Companion for Outlook (?!!). The other interesting think I noticed was during installation. This software wanted to install, by default, the Google Toolbar and Google Desktop. Das ist nicht sehr gut! Bad WinZip! No buscuit!

(I think I need to switch to decaf…)

I'm just wondering how many people will still go and purchase WinZip even though the basic ZIP functionality is included with Windows XP now. Granted, I *do* actually use the features that aren't included with XP, so I'll have to do something...

Meanwhile, back at the Cubicle of Facts, rialtus starts looking up information on Vector Capital and finds out that they bought LANDesk from Intel, invested heavily in Real Networks, purcchased Corel and made it private, and just recently completed the take-private buyout of register.com.
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