May 12, 2016 ☼ article
Messaging over the years has become a total mess. There’s too many services and apps and none talk to each other. With new services being released all the time, the situation is not getting better at all.
During the recent past I have tried to pick and stick to only one thing of a certain thing in order to avoid redundancy. Think one task-manager, one notes-app, one writing-app and so on. For some of these it is fairly easy, for some others not. Messaging is one of the latter.
While I would prefer apps/services like Telegram, Threema or whatever more secure service is available, truth is, no one, and I mean actually no one (as in “not a single person), that I am regularly in contact with, is using either of them. Whats App is amongst my contacts by a large amount the most used app/service followed probably by Facebook messenger, iChat, Snapchat and so on. Google Hangouts, which would be my personal favourite I use only with my wife.
Being stubborn, and probably elitist, or too good for that, I have long hold out and used the app only rarely, because, well, Facebook. Ironically, I first installed the app when it came out on iOS in 2010 (or such) long before Facebook acquired it, and then couldn’t use it, because, then, no-one was using it.
During this year, Whats App has added quite a few nice features, such as end-to-end encryption, formatting shortcuts and some more interesting, potentially upcoming features, which made it harder and harder for me to ignore it.
With todays addition of a desktop app (alongside with its already existing browser based solution) I threw the towel and finally decided to use it more, if not exclusively for my messaging purposes (think one thing of a certain thing again).
The new desktop app is available for Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+ and is synced with WhatsApp on your mobile device. Because the app runs natively on your desktop, you’ll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more.
The app still needs the phone to run and connected to the internet, but this is still better than not having a desktop app at all. It is at least enticing enough for me to give the service/app a try. It’s group messaging capabilities alone could make my life a lot easier, that is of course, something better comes around. Which, with my luck, probably is going to happen Google i/O.
But let’s see about that.