Tools & Utilities on Windows 10

Tool? Utility? Call it what you want, but it should be useful.

Tools/utilities aren't always glamorous or fun, but they should be useful. We at MaxLeafSoft create utilities because we encounter a problem we think we know how to solve, so we attempt to do just that. Sometimes the problem is trivial: Copy a file from point A to B, delete an empty folder, or create a shortcut. And sometimes it's complex or confusing: Sync files and folders, or execute T-SQL against a database.

Regardless of the size of the problem, we attempt to solve it. Sometimes we do what we think is a good job, and sometimes we fail. When we succeed, we have a new tool to add to our toolbox. When we fail, we hopefully have still learned something. When we come up with an app that's useful, we share it with you via the Microsoft Store.

Why the Microsoft Store? Yes, it's a hated place for good and bad reasons. There's good reasons to mistrust it because it was meant in many ways to replace the desktop apps we download from various websites, and give us a safe place to download all of our applications. This has failed to some degree, and not everyone has welcomed the idea of moving to full-screen applications like the UWP apps we saw on Windows 8.1.

But the Microsoft Store offers a degree of discoverability and some assurances that apps we download from it are safe. Its selection is solid, but there's not enough effort to advertise this. When the iOS app store became popular, it was all the press could talk about, but the Microsoft Store doesn't get the same kind of exposure. And that's mostly because Microsoft initially failed to make it viable.

We all know that Apple hit the ball out of the park with the iOS app store.

What's the alternative? Back in the 90's and 00's there were quite a few Freeware and Shareware websites, and it was relatively easy to list your apps there and get people to download them. But as the Internet has become more and more commercial, these websites became filled with ads and became trash zones. They're now unfit for most people to visit and trust.

There's also open source. Apps can be made available on for people to download, but how do you get the word out? That's the hard part. And while it's still hard to get your apps known on the Microsoft Store, it provides enough discoverability that someone will find your app. The hope then is that word of mouth will make it popular enough for people to seek those good apps out.

So for now we list our apps on the Microsoft Store. MaxLeafSoft may be unknown now, but we hope to one day be known and trusted as a source of useful apps. We know this takes time, so we'll keep plugging along, releasing and updating apps as we see fit. We hope you accompany us on this journey.

Gary Lucero