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[Discuss] Promoting ZTree via Microsoft Store   [Discuss]

By: Slobodan Vujnovic   Homepage   France  
Date: Jun 06,2021 at 17:52

As someone who has failed spectacularly at promoting ZTree,
including to close family techies and administrators (!),
I still haven't given up on trying to increase its user
base. I hope Kim and all current users think the same.

Microsoft Store (MSS), you know, the empty, boring place that
no one visits, and which is a Google Play and App Store clone,
is where many users will somehow end up, by accident, or via MS tricks.
Just think of Android and iOS users, stores are where it's at.

It just may become the preferred Windows way, even for techies,
to explore and download new "apps". At work, this could be the only
way allowed by the IT police to get anything on your PC.

(Personally, I browse betanews.com for new stuff, but there are many
other sources. I have a feeling that today most people are not looking
actively for new tools, at all. Things are sufficiently good already,
to be honest. It's by accident that they discover something new and better.)

Since ZTree is very shyly promoted/advertised (Kim is announcing new versions
on Twitter -- a good start), it occurred to me that MSS could be a secure,
official, controlled, vetted, way of presenting it to those who wouldn't
otherwise stumble upon it.

There are about a dozen file managers already in MSS, many of them optimized
for touch surfaces. Others, at first glance, seem to be "original, creative"
work, possibly first attempts at programming...

Surprisingly, there seems to be only a single one from the "commander" family,
and it's a trial version. Commanders are the preferred tool used by Linux
and Windows techies that need more than the default.
XTree and ZTree lost against those, unfortunately.

I have no idea how one gets Windows apps/utilities accepted in MSS, it must
be a pain, like it is on the other stores, but it may be worth it. MSS
probably takes a cut, but this surely must compensate for the volume,
visibility, admin, billing, support, etc.

Many MSS apps have a free and a pro version and the usual in-app purchases,
which is perfectly fine. Creating several flavors requires a lot of work,
I'm sure, so it's up to Kim to consider it.

Any thoughts on making a ZTree flavor available in the Microsoft Store?

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