Tucows Downloads, one of the iconic software download sites used to download software and applications, was closed when application markets were not yet launched. Tucows, the domain name registrar, announced that it was shutting down the Tucows Downloads service, the most popular software library of its time.
Nowadays, whenever we want to download an application, software or anything, we have many possibilities for that. Today, when we do a short search on what we want to download on Google, we can access it immediately or use the app stores developed by Google, Microsoft or Apple for this.
In the old days, this situation was unfortunately not that easy because there were no developed application stores like today. However, there were some websites and software libraries, and we could download the necessary software from such third-party places. Of course, the software found in such places started to expire day by day, and software libraries were also buried in history. One of these libraries was Tucows Downloads, the iconic software download site of the 1990s.
Tucows Downloads, active since the 1990s, has been closed:
Tucows retired Tucows Downloads, which was active from the early 1990s to 2020. Tucows, which stands for “The Ultimate Collection Of Winsock Software”, had a download section containing many software for Windows, as its name suggests. Tucows has finally decided to close this download section, which can remain active until early 2021.
When we want to visit the Tucows Downloads section on the company’s website, a note appears. In the note, Tucows CEO Elliot Noss said, “Tucows Downloads is very old. Maintenance of old sites is a challenge and even a risk. The maintenance of Tucows Downloads was forcing our employees to separate us from jobs that would take us forward.”