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[4]: Web apps are a failure
by Nelson on Fri 15th Mar 2013 02:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Web apps are a failure"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29


And, how exactly does that get around the 'system needs to be always on to poll' requirement, allow 3rd party apps to sync, allow mobile clients on Android/iOS to sync, etc?


You don't need to always poll. This isn't really time sensitive information. Its a convenience.

If you run a Background Task at a frequent enough interval (every 15 minutes) you get a degree of freshness of data without plummeting the battery.

This in addition to Connected Standby allowing ultra low power background processing would address a lot of your complaints.


A Windows 8 requirement is also a non-starter for most people.

A server-based setup is the best. This just might push me toward ownCloud. If I need a server running all the time, may as we make it useful.


Sure, it may be. But at that point you're just moving the goalposts. This is a happy middle ground, in my opinion.

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RE[5]: Web apps are a failure
by mieses on Sun 17th Mar 2013 08:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Web apps are a failure"
mieses Member since:
2006-02-07

The idea of a desktop RSS reader is naive and stupid.
-Your device would have to be constantly turned on and connected to a network.
-When adding a feed, the content in *your* version of the feed would begin at the moment in time that you added the feed rather than some far earlier date when the service started to track it. (haven't you ever used Reader?)
-Your feed data is not synced between devices (pc, tablet, phone) unless you devise some complicated syncing mechanism.
-You risk losing your data and have more to back up.
-Consumes more local computing resources.

I've been using Reader for almost 10 years and never had to worry about any of the above.

Edit: and before you say that Reader users got burned while local app users wouldn't have been consider that there are 10+ alternative services eagerly waiting to import our Reader data. The problem now is to pick one.

Edited 2013-03-17 08:15 UTC

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