FILE COMPRESSION TOOL Winzip is looking to move into cloud services.
The software product, now into its third decade, still garners 30 million downloads a year, operating on an honour system that invites people to pay or delete it after 40 days.
The company has been tinkering with cloud compatibility since 2012, but has now launched a separate brand called Zipshare dedicated to the cloud. Zipshare is a management service for existing cloud players that zips as you upload a file and stores the resulting .zip file on the cloud of your choice, or you can rest it in your zip file account for up to five days.
The .zip archives can be password protected with 256-bit AES encryption, over and above any encryption provided by your chosen cloud service, Winzip said.
Zipshare is offering links to Dropbox, Google Drive, the recently relaunched Microsoft Onedrive, Sugarsync, Box, Cloudme and Hightail, with others reportedly on the way. Zip archives can be shared through links in email and social networks.
The company has yet to verify that the web app works across various screen sizes and devices, but it is available in beta now, with a full rollout planned for later this spring. Users who sign up now will be entitled to a Pro account for the duration of the beta trial.
However, once it's available to the general public there will be no ignoring notices asking you to pay this time. Zipshare will include an optional subscription service with prices starting at $10 per month or $40 a year depending on the maximum zip file size you need. Forever. µ
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