One of the more useful Windows utility programs over recent years has been the venerable WinZip. However, WinZip hasn't added too many new features in the last few versions. I've also lost count the number of companys and individuals I've see who just keep downloading trial versions instead of paying for a license.
Well, you don't have to pay the WinZip "tax" any more. Thanks to the rise of the open source movement, from which many mature frameworks and tools have emerged, the tool to replace WinZip has arrived: 7-Zip. 7-Zip is faster that WinZip or Windows XP's built-in Zip support, has some decent command-line options and like WinZip integrates with the Windows Explorer shell.