Windows has finally started to support WinRAR files at the built-in system level. This happened 28 years after the first release of the archiver, reports TechCrunch.

“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,” the publication writes with reference to information from Microsoft.

For users, this is not an ordinary event. Shareware appeared in 1995. So, it took nearly three decades for .rar files to finally be supported in Windows at the embedded system level.

In the 1990s, it was just one of several competing programs to compress files so they could be transferred more efficiently over the painfully slow Internet. Over time, the need for such programs has diminished as disk capacity and bandwidth have grown exponentially. At the same time, standards and open source options such as libarchive have proliferated.

We remind you that WinRAR creates archives of RAR and ZIP formats. It is considered one of the best archivers in terms of compression ratio and speed. WinRAR has 45 available languages, including Ukrainian.