Yesterday, Microsoft’s developer conference, Build, kicked off and they revealed, among other things, that Windows 11 will receive support for opening more file formats used for file compression.

Windows adds support for RAR files

In a blog post, Windows Product Chief Panos Panay writes:

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.

This means that Windows 11 users will soon no longer need to install third-party applications to open compressed files and archives in the formats that Windows 11 now supports. This likely also means that applications like WinRAR, WinZip, OpenRAR, and others may face a rather uncertain future.

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