Download WinZip app for Windows 8 Free (Not Free)

You can now download WinZip app for Windows 8, 32-bit and 64-bit, free from the Windows Store. The app when launched in November last year was priced at USD 7.99, but is now available as a free download.


WinZip for Windows 8 free download

WinZip for Windows 8 promises to give you more compression power, more sharing options and is much easier to use. It allows you to open and save zip and zipx file formats. You can password-protect important info with military-grade encryption. If you want to squeeze files even more, you can do so with the exclusive zipx compression format.

One great new feature is that it now offers support for SkyDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive cloud services.

You now have direct connections to ZipSend and ZipShare file sharing services, thereby allowing you to send over-sized files to friends, contacts and followers through email, as well as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Features in a nutshell:

  1. Compress large files, entire folders or archives for faster transfer and to save space on your system.
  2. Open and save .zip and .zipx files
  3. Send large files by email by zipping your attachments first or by using the integrated ZipSend file delivery service
  4. Securely share any type of file and rich content on Facebook using seamless integration with ZipShare
  5. Secure confidential files with WinZip’s military-grade encryption
  6. Use the Windows 8 ‘Share’ charm to deliver zipped files to your contacts through email, social media or other apps
  7. Securely send files to mobile devices with WinZip’s password protection.


Go get WinZip for Windows 8 here. The Windows Store page clearly states that it is “Free” and not “Free Trial” etc – which means that it is now completely free!


UPDATE: Under the first paragraph titled “Description”, click Read More. It now reads: Start with a 15-day free trial and then subscribe for just $7.99/year”. So its Not Free. You may want to look at some file compression software instead here, if you wish. Please read the comments.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Star17

    It’s free for 15 days, then $ 7.99 a year.

  2. Odeho19

    You got me all excited Andy. I thought we got to keep it, not “try” it.

  3. Nowhere does it say on the Windows Store page nor anywhere on the app, which I downloaded and installed that it is ‘not free’. It clearly states that it is FREE. If after 15 days I find that it is indeed ‘not free’ – but a trial, then it will be a clear cut example of misrepresentation.

  4. Star17

    Click the link in the article; under the first paragraph entitled description, click read more. Read the last sentence.

  5. Star17

    Should have said last sentence in the first paragraph.

  6. Odean Hoss

    Yes it should have, but then “hiding” the price of something isn’t uncommon for these types of apps. are they? But that IS a pretty minimal fee to ask for anyways. It is actually “almost” free, especially for all that it does. 🙂

  7. Oh I see it now way down. True ‘hiding’ is common but I wouldn’t expect this from a company of WinZip’s standing. Anyway – thanks for the inputs. Will update the post.

  8. Observer315

    $7.99 a year? Hahaha.
    I guess some dumbass will buy it. Me, I’ll just stick with 7Zip.

  9. Star17

    Not to worry, you weren’t the only one:

    Technically, I guess it IS free “to download”, just not free to use…eventually.

  10. JacquesatWinZip

    I hope you don`t mind if someone from WinZip pipes in here!

    We’re developing WinZip for Windows 8 to be optimally useful for RT devices, since our power users on the desktop are already well served with WinZip 17. When we looked at the issues users are facing on WinRT, one of the first things we saw were the challenges with file sharing – specifically being able to push and pull files off your device. While WinRT device users can turn to many individual apps for sharing content to various cloud services, they’re not designed to provide a single environment that offers a productive and secure TWO WAY interaction with the dominant cloud services. This, to us, is a real, and rather cool benefit that we wanted user to enjoy now.

    With regards to the subscription option, we apologize for not making it more evident in our store copy at launch. We fixed it within the first few hours of the app going live, as quickly as we could. We would have displayed the subscription price on the storefront, but unfortunately the Windows store technology does not yet support display of subscription fees.

    Moving on to making WinZip for Windows 8 a subscription product, our intention is to keep adding new features, and more importantly, to continue supporting the cloud services over time. We anticipate that supporting these as they evolve will require continued efforts and investments from us. Sign-on now and you will be getting new cool features added-on in the future.

  11. Thanks for posting a clarification. 🙂

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