My Friday Favourite this week is Franz – Combine Your Messaging Services Into One App.
What is it?
Franz is a desktop app that allows you to combine all your messaging and chat services into one window.
How can it help me?
Most of us are overwhelmed with emails nowadays. I’ve written about My Experiment in reducing my emails by a quarter.
One powerful way to reduce emails arriving in your inbox is to use messaging tools such as WhatsApp or Telegram. I also recommend using collaboration tools such as Slack or Microsoft Teams.
These instant messaging apps are much more suited to electronic conversations than email and can help you become more productive.
But if you’re anything like me, working with multiple teams across multiple clients, you end up with dozens of different message service logins. It can become a bit overwhelming!
What’s more, some services — such as Microsoft Teams — don’t currently allow multiple concurrent logins to different teams. That means to stay current on all your messages, you have to log out of one team to log in to another. Frustrating.
Franz (named after the former Emperor of Austria) allows you to combine a number of messaging apps into a single app.
- Facebook Messenger
- Microsoft Teams
… plus many more.
The Franz app allows you to add multiple instances of each service. I use Franz so that I can use stay connected with multiple clients, each using different Microsoft Teams instances. Franz allows me to have all of these instances in a single window, without having to log in and log out to switch between them.
In short, Franz allows you to bring all those different instant messaging and team collaboration apps under one window. This will reduce the time you spend opening and closing windows and logging in and out of services.
How much does it cost?
Franz is free to use for unlimited services.
A Franz Premium service, costing 4 Euros per month, reduces delays and adds functionality.
How can I get it?
Franz is available for Windows, Apple Mac and Linux.
Visit the Franz Homepage for more details.
You can also follow @FranzMessenger on Twitter.