When was the last time you got a free software update after 20 years?

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Apr 16, 2024
Not very often eh? A free software update when the previous release was literally 20 years ago?

When was the last time that a new commercial software release of a program would fit on a single floppy disk? LOL?

When was the last time you got a new commercial DOS based program?

I bet for most people, been quite a long time….
I bought SR6 in December of 2005.

I bought ZtreeWin v1.11 from Zedtek in October 1996, and Kim Henkel is still putting out updates every few months. Though technically it's a "console" based x64 program. Updates are here: https://www.ztw3.com/forum/forum.php

I bought Semware Professional (Programmer's text editor) in May of 1999. It came on a floppy disk in the mail with a nice book. :) There's still a Google Groups "SemWare TSE Pro (text editor) for Windows Beta Testing", though it's mostly dead... but not completely. :)

Those are the oldest software products I can think of that I still use regularly. I literally use Ztree all day every day. I have been switching to Notepad++ from Semware gradually... and sadly.
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