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Windows 11 to get native support for 7-zip, gz and RAR files

One of the many new changes coming to Windows 11 as announced by Microsoft at its Build developer conference is the addition of support for several files.

According to Microsoft, support for 7-zip, rar, gz and other file formats is coming to Windows 11.

“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,” reads a statement from the company.

Microsoft has for long had native support for the .ZIP archive format but users have needed other apps to open files in the aforementioned archive formats.

The development will almost render useless various third-party tools that have come in handy to open and access files in the aforementioned formats. Some, like WinRAR, have even needed users to pay for a license, though for many like yours truly, the indefinite free trial on offer has always gotten the job done. While the need for them is not going to disappear overnight, users will be able to do a lot more without needing to install one more app on their Windows machine(s).

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