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Quick, launch Microsoft Reader ! :-)

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    felix9

    So everybody knows Google Reader is gone.

    We need an alternative like NOW !

    I think Outlook.com is nice, and if Outlook.com offer a RSS Reader then it will go big !

    No scroogle is needed anymore, people just come.

    right ? right ? Smiley

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    PopeDai

    Microsoft Reader is a PDF viewer (and formerly a *.lit reader). Outlook already has a built-in RSS reader. jus' saying.

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    Sven Groot

    @PopeDai: Outlook does, but outlook.com does not.

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    Minh

    son of a b*tch... I use that thing every day... Well through Flipboard... hopefully that still works

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    PaoloM

    what would be interesting is a open source, freely hostable plug-in replacement for the backend service, so app writers should just change the API endpoint and merrily continue to work...

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    felix9
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    felix9

    @PopeDai: Oh forgot about that Reader Embarassed, then Outlook Reader might be the name  Smiley

    And to me, one of the best thing about Google Reader is its a website, I can read my news ANYTIME ANYWHERE a browser is available.

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    PaoloM

    @felix9:nice Smiley

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    Auxon

    It seems pretty irresponsible to get rid of Google Reader ... what about the usenet archives?

    EDIT:  Oh wait, that's Google Groups, not Reader ... lol ... never mind.

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    spivonious

    I don't think many people know what RSS is, let alone actively use it.

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    Bas

    , spivonious wrote

    I don't think many people know what RSS is, let alone actively use it.

    Which is a shame, because it's pretty awesome. I don't really get all the RSS hate in response to this announcement.

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    Dr Herbie

    Lots of the WinPhone and Win8  RSS apps only connect to to Google Reader.  Sucks to be the author of one of those right now, I guess.

    Herbie

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    Ian2

    I think you can export to OPML and import into pretty much any other compatible App or Web Site.

    Personally I love RSS and use it all the time (create and consume), shame it appears to be dying.

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    Auxon

    @Dr Herbie: Project Normandy (Felix9 linked to it, above)  is compatible ... so I'm guessing most of the client apps will just use that.

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    Auxon

    @Ian2: But is it really dying, or do people just use RSS feeds in IE and other browsers directly?

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    wkempf

    @Ian2: Except, there isn't really anything to compare any more. There's good desktop (and mobile) applications, but they either keep data locally or rely on Google Reader for cloud sync. There's a VERY small selection of online readers, since Google Reader killed off all the competition years ago. And that small selection doesn't have a single compelling alternative. Feedly looks like the most promising alternative, but they don't have a web app or a desktop app, on iOS and Android only for mobile and plugins for a few browsers. I'm still searching, but I see nothing available anywhere that can actually replace Google Reader. Sad day.

    Interestingly, though Reader really effects me very directly, I'm more upset by CalDav which no longer has any meaning to me, since I dropped Gmail when they announced removing support for ActiveSync. So why does CalDav upset me? Because it shows the bald face lies coming out of Google. "We're dropping ActiveSync for Open standards, use IMAP, CalDav and CardDav instead." Then, "We're dropping CalDav. Use our proprietary Google APIs instead." WTF?

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    SheldonS

    Mary Jo Foley has a short write up about CalDAV over on ZDNet.

    Some notable quotes from that article.

    "I asked Microsoft officials if the Windows Phone team was among the whitelisted developers. No word back so far.  Google, however, confirmed this will not impact the agreement with Microsoft and that the Softies will still be able to implement CalDav support on Windows Phone."

    "The Windows team is not going to be adding CardDAV or CalDAV support for users who are trying to connect to a Google account via Mail/Calendar/People after January 30. Here's Microsoft's guidance as to how these users can sync their Google accounts with Windows 8 and Windows RT."

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