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WhatsApp expands to the desktop

PCWorld

WhatsApp is taking its popular messaging service to the desktop with a new Mac and Windows app released Tuesday. It's a pretty straightforward app: the millions of WhatsApp users can now continue conversations from their phone on a computer, and vice versa. That's a boon for people who want to chat with friends on WhatsApp without having to use their phones. The move should help WhatsApp better compete with other messaging services like Line, WeChat and Telegram, which already have desktop applications available for at least one platform. In order to set the app up, users have to scan a QR code inside the application with the Android or iPhone versions of WhatsApp, which will then allow them to log into the application and use it.


JavaScript Conquered the Web. Now It's Taking Over the Desktop

WIRED

JavaScript was originally created in 1995 to give web pages a little more pep than the blink tag could provide. Today it has far more powerful uses. Companies like Google and Facebook build complex, desktop-like web applications with JavaScript; since the launch of Node.js in 2009, it's also become one of the most popular languages for building server-side software. Today, even the web isn't big enough to contain JavaScript's versatility: it's now making its way into applications for the desktop. Electron is a software development platform created by Github that lets developers use JavaScript along with other web technologies like HTML and CSS to create desktop applications that can run on Windows, Macintosh OS X, and Linux.


Oil and water: Here's Ubuntu Linux's Unity desktop running natively on Windows 10

PCWorld

When Microsoft introduced the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) the common refrain was that you could use it to run Linux's beloved Bash tool but full Linux desktops were out. It didn't take long for people to note you could run an X server for windowed Linux applications. From there, it was only a short hop to running the Linux desktop on Windows without using a virtual machine. GitHub user Guerra24 recently posted a screenshot online showing Ubuntu with the Unity desktop running natively inside Windows 10, as first reported by OMG Ubuntu. The GitHub user also tested the Xfce24 desktop on Ubuntu (on Windows 10).


Microsoft's Windows 10 Remote Desktop apps for PCs and mobile starts rolling out

ZDNet

Microsoft is removing the "preview" tag from its Windows 10 versions of its Remote Desktop application for PCs, tablets and Windows Phones. Remote Desktop allows users to connect to remote Windows PCs and access resources from those machines. However, client-access licenses and supporting back-end infrastructure are required to in order to use Remote Desktop. The new Remote Desktop apps are Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications, Microsoft officials noted in a May 26 blog post announcing the rollout of the new version of the application. The rollout will happen gradually over the next couple of weeks, today's post notes, with the new Windows 10 versions replacing the existing 8.1 versions over time.


How to use Evernote in Linux

PCWorld

Evernote does not offer an official desktop client for Linux, but there are a few workarounds. For a better-than-browser experience, try one of these methods. The browser-based version of Evernote is the only officially supported way of using the application on Linux. It works, but if you're a tab hoarder like me, editing your notes in a tab in a sea of tabs can be a bit tricky. On top of that, there is the additional baggage of running a full-fledged web browser.