Tucows Gets Social, the Original Software Download Site, Launches Radical Redesign

Major Overhaul Puts Finding Solutions, Community and Search Front and Center

TORONTO – July 31, Tucows Inc. (AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC) announced today that Tucows.com, one of the most popular software download sites in the world, has been redesigned to enhance overall user experience.

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“Tucows has always been about helping people use the Internet better,” said Elliot Noss, President and CEO. “Broadening our focus from software downloads to Internet solutions will keep true to that spirit. By providing access to resources and the invaluable input of other users in the community we will help people make better decisions in a complex environment.”

Since 1993, Tucows.com has been a popular directory of shareware, freeware and demo software packages available to download. This redesign places Solutions to common problems front-and-center on the homepage and throughout the site.

Sample solutions include: “How do I scan for Spyware?”, “How do I put videos on my iPod?”, and “How do I improve my computer‚Äôs performance?”

New and enhanced community tools include user ratings, rankings for Solutions (on the Tucows 5-cow rating system), and user comments on Software and Solutions. Users will also be able to submit their own Solutions to the site.

“We‚Äôve completely overhauled our extensive editorial content,” said Greg Weir, Director of Content Services. “By providing Solutions to challenges and encouraging the community to contribute comments, rankings, reviews and their own Solutions, we‚Äôre creating a tremendous resource to help people get things done on the Internet and with technology.”

The Tucows software directory includes over 40,000 listings and has been improved and streamlined. It includes categories for Audio and Video, Business, Design Tools, Desktop Enhancements, Development and Web Authoring, Games, Home and Education, IS/IT, and Internet. These categories are sorted into PC, Mac, Linux, Web and PDA platforms.

Tucows has content distribution arrangements with AOL, Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace and others.

Software developers wanting to reach the Tucows global user base have new opportunities to advertise and sponsor placements on the site. Tucows continues to support software developers of all sizes with its self-service author resource center at http://author.tucows.com.

“Over the thirteen year history of the site, we’ve responded to a number of changes in the way people use the Internet,” said Noss. “By incorporating more community, search and social features in redesigning the site we’re confident that we’ve made the site more useful for everyone.”

About Tucows

Tucows is the largest Internet services provider for hosting companies and ISPs. Through our network of over 7,000 service providers around the world we provide millions of email boxes and manage over seven million domains. Tucows is an accredited registrar with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Tucows remains one of the most popular software download sites on the Internet. For more information please visit: http://tucowsinc.com.


Leona Hobbs Director of Communication Tucows (416) 538-5450 lhobbs@tucows.com http://tucowsinc.com

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