As the originator of the ZIP archive file format, PKZip was initially introduced in 1989 for MS-DOS on PC compatible machines. As a result of the popularity, additional versions have been introduced for other operating systems that are feature-packed, easier to use, have continuous updates and have adapted to the latest in computing technology.
The available features for the Standard PKZip have come a long way since 1989. The most recent versions can compress file sizes by up to 95%, offer large file size support, can be password protected and allow for the encryption of data. Also, archives can be authenticated through digital signatures and integrated with Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Outlook.
The Enterprise Edition delivers all features of the Standard program including administrative lockdown of all end-user options. No additional development occurred after PKZip 9.0.
Since no additional releases are planned for PKZip, many alternative archiving programs have emerged. Several of the most popular include, 7-zip, Iceows, WinZIP and WinRAR. Each of these programs can be downloaded for free (with pay editions available) and offer all the same functionality as PKZip if not more.
PKZip was the innovator of the ZIP archive file format. As a result, it has spawned many copy cats. However, with the discontinuation of the versions, there are many ZIP programs that have significantly improved upon the technology to add more functionality, features and adapt to the ever-changing computing environment.
About PKWARE Inc
Developed by Phil Katz and marketed by PKWARE, Inc. the “PK” is a derivative of the developer’s initials. The program was designed to fulfill the need for collecting several separate files and merging them into a single archive to improve distribution and copying. The first version was a DOS command-line utility and circulated through the shareware model with a $25 registration fee.
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