With messaging apps multiplying, it can take a surprising amount of effort to stay up to date with all of your messages. From Hangouts to WhatsApp to Slack, you can end up with an endless series of pings that each require you to open a separate app. One Messenger tries to ease that strain by bringing them all into one place.
One Messenger is available on Windows 10 and Windows Mixed Reality. There's a free version of One Messenger but to remove ads you'll have to pay extra. Also, to unlock certain services such as Telegram and GroupMe you have to pay more as well. These purchases range from $1.49-$1.99 so your total cost will depend on how many features you unlock.
Reducing window jumping
One Messenger's main aim is to bring your various messaging services into one place and it does this well. You can sign into WhatsApp, GroupMe, Slack, and many other services and then organize them on the left panel of the app. Messaging worked well in my testing and there didn't seem to be any noticeable delay.
While One Messenger may rely heavily on a series of web services, the developers of the app have added some nice features that make it worth trying out over just using browser tabs. My favorite is the mini-mode that let's you message without leaving what you're currently doing. If it were up to me, every app would have a compact overlay or mini-mode and I'm happy to see a messaging app take advantage of this ability.
I use Slack for work, WhatsApp for some of friends, and Facebook Messenger for others. I don't think I'm the exception in that I use multiple messaging services. One Messenger helped me in that it only required me to have one app open.
One Messenger is also convenient because you can use Windows Hello with it, allowing you to jump into chat sessions faster while still keeping security.
Dealing with limitations
While One Messenger adds features that make it better than just using a browser, it does rely on web services rather than being a native version of all of these services. With this comes some limitations. First, One Messenger uses web notifications rather than Windows 10 notifications. That means you don't see notifications in the notifications and action center and also don't have actionable notifications.
Another downside is that the mini-mode for One Messenger doesn't always scale well. Some web services scale down better than others and while the mini-mode stays over any other windows you open, it doesn't always look great. In fact, some services, such as WhatsApp, don't scale at all.
One Messenger does a good job of consolidating your messaging apps. It has a clean design and nice features such as a mini-mode and Windows Hello support.
The app has a few drawbacks such as not supporting actionable notifications and some services not scaling well, but overall I think it could save you some time and effort if you find yourself drawn out across a plethora of platforms.
- Consolidates number of required apps
- Has an attractive design
- Lacks UWP notifications
- Scales some services poorly
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I had Clatter, but then the developer droped WhatsApp support due to WhatsApp send them a letter ... Is this happening with this app, too, at some point in time?
Actually you can add WhatsApp (or any other messenger) manually, that's what I did to keep using Clatter.
This is damn true. Never had the idea to add it manually. Yet, I’m using Opera’s sidebar, unfortunately they have don’t allow adding third parties...
Sooooo, kind of like the feature that was built into Windows Phone 8 that allowed communication across multiple social media services?
That's what I was thinking. That was the "People" app or something right?
Yeah similar, which on paper it sounds like a good idea but that feature failed because companies had to hook into a hub...which whatever updates they made on the back end would cause problems with how it worked with the hub. Or if they introduce new features say stickers in facebook messenger, you wouldn't see that in the hub or it just wouldn't work.
Microsoft could have done this in the cloud and allowed things like ads from the messaging providers.
WP7. Messaging hub. FB, SMS ,MSN MESSENGER then Skype all in the metro built in messaging app. It was awesome!
WP7.X/WP8.X ... The best. Period!
Anybody else remember Trillian?
with the cons fixed, improved design and rewrapping for tablet mode and some kind of unified inbox to pull in groups and conversations from the platforms into one thread dashboard, this might be a good surrogate for a potential native app I've been waiting for.
There is a feature in Windows 10 that works kind of the same way - only it depends on devs not ignoring it - It is called My People Hub :P
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