The days of only communicating by phone and text are long gone. Now we've got messaging apps. And lots of them. These apps started on our phones, but now that many of us work remotely due to the pandemic, collaborating through apps with team members and clients seems to be a regular part of our daily workflow.
But even though apps have so many advantages over our old way of communications, just trying to deal with the sheer number of them can feel exhausting. What's needed is a way to combine all of your apps, so they are organized in the place where we already work and so we never miss a beat on new notifications.
With so many communication apps being developed, you may be tempted to limit the ones you use to a select few. However, this strategy will also limit your networking reach. Staying in touch in the future will mean embracing a multi-app environment. Often it feels like we're in the middle of a war between opposing messaging apps, but in reality, as groups and companies settle on their platform of choice, individuals are forced to embrace many apps.
Entrepreneurs and businesses choose their app toolset based on specific features or how it enables their teams to collaborate better with each other. For example, Microsoft Teams integrates deeply with their Office 365 platform, but employees often prefer to use Slack for ease of useability. In fact, Mio's Workplace Messaging Report discovered that 63% of companies using Microsoft apps use Slack in parallel.
And those are only two of the messaging platforms available. Globally, people are communicating through hundreds of apps, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Telegram, Discord, Signal, Phoenix, Viber, Line, and the list goes on and on.
While most of the world accesses the internet by a mobile device, business still happens on a desktop. A Mobile vs. Desktop Report by Perficient stated that "desktop sessions are roughly twice as long as mobile" and "Simply put, larger screens and keyboards offer greater convenience when conducting in-depth research..."
While the app system for communicating on phones works well for conversing on the fly, desktop apps feel much more cumbersome. First off, they take up precious space on your hard drive. But that's only half of it. The biggest problem comes when navigating the multiple screens throughout your workday. As people switch between windows, the probability of distraction or exhaustion goes way up.
These drawbacks show us that all app communications should be in one interface. That interface should be one that you're familiar with and use day in and day out. Since work applications are moving to the cloud (think Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Adobe CC), they should be designed to work seamlessly with the Internet. That type of interface perfectly describes the browser.
The current browser interface was never meant for productive work or to handle multiple communication apps. If you work online, you've probably already figured this out. There's no way to bring your apps together in a fixed place, and you can't see notifications like you can on your phone. In fact, the whole tab and bookmark system feels very temporary and can't be customized for your workflow.
Sidekick is a Chromium-based browser that brings together all your favorite communication apps (or any webpage for that matter) into a fixed sidebar. The browser integrates deeply with 200+ applications, so you get real-time badge notifications directly on the app. Apps can also be configured individually according to a person's workflow.
Apps are like permanent tabs with superpowers. They give you access to every messaging platform with just one click. Click again, and your right back where you left off on your work. They even support multiple accounts on the same app so that you can be logged into every account at the same time.
Use all your messaging aps in one browser and never get lost in tabs
While you can make any web platform an app in Sidekick, these are the messaging apps that Sidekick that supports with notifications and multi-accounts.
Facebook Messenger: As the most popular messaging app in North America, Facebook Messenger is most likely where your friends and family stay in touch.
What's App: Also owned by Facebook, WhatsApp became the most popular messaging app globally as a free alternative to international calls.
Telegram: With unlimited space and free messaging, Telegram is the fifth most used messaging app with 550 million monthly active users globally.
Discord: Popular among the gaming community, Discord offers voice and text chat for more than 150 million active users.
WeChat: As the most popular messaging app in China, WeChat has more than 1.25 billion users
Slack: Owned by Salesforce and loved by teams worldwide, Slack is one of the leading business messaging platforms in the world.
Microsoft Teams: Integrated seamlessly with everything Microsoft, Teams is most used by the companies that have already adopted to its ecosystem.
Google Chat: Google has dozens of services it offers to its customers, and chat is just another one that integrates into the Google universe.
Flowdock: A messaging platform for software development and business teams, Flockdock integrates well with tools like GitHub and Jira.Email
Gmail: With 18% of the total email market share, Gmail is probably the first place billions of people go to every morning for mail.
Outlook: Offered by Microsoft, Outlook is for those looking for a feature-rich email client that integrates with the Office 365 platform.
Superhuman: Dubbed "The Fastest Email Experience Ever Made," Superhuman is a subscription-based email service designed to rocket you to Inbox Zero.
Fastmail: As an affordable subscription-based email service, FastMail puts is users' privacy before advertising revenue.