Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Mar 2013 23:27 UTC
Google "We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months." This makes me very, very sad. Any good alternatives - alternatives with Windows Phone and Metro applications, that is?
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RE[3]: Web apps are a failure
by Delgarde on Thu 14th Mar 2013 20:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Web apps are a failure"
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This is solved in Windows 8. You can use a Background Task to fetch and store RSS feeds locally (at 30 minute intervals, when you sign in/sign out, and when internet connectivity changes).

How does that solve anything? The problems I cited with desktop RSS readers is that the device needs to be turned on, and that it needs to have internet connectivity at all times. I don't see how running a background task helps with either of those issues - nor with the question of syncing across multiple devices.

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RE[4]: Web apps are a failure
by Nelson on Fri 15th Mar 2013 02:35 in reply to "RE[3]: Web apps are a failure"
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The background task would run at an interval of 15 minutes (in addition to whenever connectivity changes, a new account session is started, and a plethora of other system trigger events) *and* it runs while the PC is asleep.

You can also (if polling is your thing, as you and the commenter above allude to) implement a Transport Trigger which lets you do long polling in the background. Its used for VOIP scenarios but it would work equally well here.

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RE[5]: Web apps are a failure
by phoenix on Fri 15th Mar 2013 03:29 in reply to "RE[4]: Web apps are a failure"
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Still doesn't cover syncing read/unread status across multiple devices.

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