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Corel releases latest WinZip in beta

New version supports more compressed file formats, features new interface.

On Thursday, Corel's WinZip Computing division launched WinZip 11.0 beta, a test of the latest version of its popular zip-and-unzip software. New features include the ability to open BZ2 and RAR files, higher-quality compression for WAV sound files, and a new interface resembling Windows Explorer.

WinZip was a property of Vector Capital Group until parent company Corel's awkward IPO in April--Vector remains a majority shareholder. Interested beta testers for the new WinZip 11.0 can download it here. The beta and subsequent final version come packaged with Google Toolbar and Desktop Search, as have .