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    Zip standard is changing

    PKWare, WinZip format changes jeopardize compatibility.

    Lincoln Spector, special to PCWorld.com
    Monday, June 09, 2003

    The .zip compression format has known remarkable stability and compatibility for many years, but that may soon change. PKWare and WinZip, makers of competing compression and encryption products, are fighting over the .zip standard--which means that .zip archive files created by one program may not be accessible by the other.

    Both companies recently changed their implementations of the .zip format. In May, WinZip released a beta version of WinZip 9 that alters the .zip format. PKWare made its changes earlier, but recently posted specifications detailing its changes to the format.

    PKWare is the company founded by .zip inventor Phil Katz, who died in 2000. Katz decided to make the .zip format an open standard, free for anyone to read or use when designing a program. This open standard allowed for the creation of PKWare's chief competitor, WinZip, which now dominates the market.
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    M$ move over 'cause others are taking your lead!!

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    M$ move over 'cause others are taking your lead!!
    Im sure M$ will include compatibility for all versions of .zip in windows 2005

    Or just buy out WinZip and PKware

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