Windows 11 will finally have native support for RAR files

Windows, Microsoft’s operating system, is the most widely used worldwide by those who have a computer. But throughout his life, every time a user wanted to open a RAR file on a Windows computer, he had to download a third-party application.

The best known are undoubtedly WinRAR or 7-Zip, which many users use in their free or premium version. But in a very short time, Windows 11 users will have native support for this file format.

WinRAR or 7-Zip are no longer needed to open RAR files

This means that any application you use to open RAR files on Windows will soon be unnecessary. Of course, many of these applications are also used to open files in other formats, but ZIP files, for example, have also been supported by Windows for a few years.

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“We have added native support for additional archive formats including tar, 7-zip, rar, gz, and many others with the libarchive open source project. You can now get improved performance of the file functionality during compression in Windows”, a press release can be read.

The big question now is whether users will abandon WinRAR and start using the native tool in Windows 11, or stick with the classic program. It’s good to remember that WinRAR was originally released in 1995.

What seems certain is that new Windows 11 users will not feel the need to install a third-party application to compress or open RAR files in the future. And that will cause applications like WinRAR to ‘die’ over time.

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