Franz Makes Using Different Online Messaging Apps Easy and Convient
Some of the best ways to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues is through IM apps like Whatsapp, Telegram, Messenger, and Skype but it can be really annoying and in most cases a bit distracting when you need to move from one app or browser to another to be able to stay on top of your messages.
There is a new free desktop messaging app called Franz that allows users to group together popular messaging services into one window.
Built using Github’s Electron Framework, the developers behind the app said that, “annoyance in having to scramble through different apps and windows when using more than one messaging app inspired them to create this app”.
The app itself resembles a web browser but only one you can use for messaging and allows users to group together all the messaging apps you use into one center where they can be easily accessed. At the moment, the app supports only 14 services all of which can be added and removed at the home window where you can edit and remove those you find redundant in the long run.
“Franz allows you to add each service many times. This makes Franz the perfect tool to manage multiple business and private accounts at the same time. You could even use five different Facebook Messenger accounts at once if some inexplicable reason urges you to do so” read the Franz official website.
Each added app is opened in its own tab and you can also add multiple versions of the same messaging application like for example, you have two different skype accounts, both of them can be added and accessed without interfering with each other.
Those reserving privacy concerns about the app gaining access to all your messages via the apps you use have no need to worry cause according to the app developers, all logins are done through each apps respective websites and Franz only acts as a middleman.
Here is the list of currently supported services:
Skype (messaging only)
To install Franz on your Linux-based system, download the compressed tar.gz file and extract. Inside the extracted folder you should find an icon with the name “Franz”, double click to open the app.