Once upon a time, a few months ago, an engineer arrived at Remind for his first day of work and surveyed our different platforms. There was SMS. There were mobile apps for iOS and Android.
And then there was Remind on web, which had recently gotten a great new look—but you had to keep it open in your browser all day if you wanted to make sure you didn’t miss announcements about important events, like lunch.
“Where’s our desktop app?” he asked.
There was no desktop app, he learned, so he built one. And we’re excited to announce that it’s been featured in the Mac App Store as one of the best new apps and games. ?
How It Works
Remind’s new Mac desktop app runs quietly in the background, whether you’re teaching in the classroom or preparing materials at work or at home. We’ve heard time and time again that a teacher’s brain is like a browser with a thousand tabs open, and that’s the reality of what a lot of educators have to deal with on their computers, too.
The desktop app looks and works exactly like Remind on web, but it doesn’t take up valuable real estate in your browser. Instead of navigating to Remind.com each time you want to log in, you can just download the app once from the App Store and keep it in your dock.
The desktop app includes a brand-new set of notifications that you can set based on how you use Remind. The number of unread messages will always appear unobtrusively on the app icon in your dock, so you can keep an eye out for staff announcements from your principal without interrupting your class.
Or, in the Notifications section under Settings, you can turn on desktop notifications to receive alerts for new messages and other activity. Try it out to see if it’s something you like.
If you’re holding office hours for students and parents on Remind but working on something else, these helpful little pop-ups can make sure you never miss a message.
At Remind, new ideas aren’t limited to hack days. We’re always looking for ways to make communication better for educators, and that’s a responsibility we take very seriously.
We hope the new Mac desktop app is the first of our desktop products, and we’d love to hear what you think as we continue to build—with Remind running outside of our browsers, of course.