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Feedly to capitalise on Google Reader closure, expanding support for Microsoft platforms

There are always providers looking to capitalise on a single party's choice on withdrawing a popular service. It's known across the Internet that the search giant is closing down Google Reader, the company's RSS service later this year. Competing services have taken this as a golden chance to expand business and attract those who will be surely looking for an alternative and migrate away from Google. Cue Feedly.

For the moment, Feedly ( is best known as an RSS plugin for Chrome, Safari and Firefox, as well as an app for iOS and Android. Unfortunately, for the time being the service doesn't currently support Microsoft's Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms (without going through a web browser). Cyril Moutran, head of product and strategy at Feedly has since confirmed that apps for both Windows Phone and Windows RT / 8 are planned. Good news, folks.

Feedly has claimed the service added an impressive 500,000 new users in the first 48 hours after Google announced the closure of Google Reader - we expect more will follow suit should the service cover Windows and its mobile counterpart. Moutran failed to provide dates for when consumers can expect to see the apps available in respective stores, but it's good to know other services are picking up where Google has left off.

We've also looked at the likes of Nextgen Reader, popular Google Reader apps for Windows Phone, seeking alternative services to keep apps live on the store and provide a service for consumers who still wish to continue using feeds. Social networks are certainly taking some of the shares away from RSS feeds, but it's always handy to be able to pick up news stories from multiple categories without clutter and unwanted content. 

We'll continue to monitor the situation and follow the developments of Nextgen Reader and other Windows Phone apps.

Source: Neowin

Rich Edmonds
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Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Woah. I like the hell out of Feedly.
  • Good move Feedly. Good move.
  • I've been waiting for NextGen Reader to release an update to support Feedly before I switch over. We still have a couple months, but it's good to know they are moving full steam ahead.
  • The WP7/WP8 app Feed Reader has also announced they will be switching over to Feedly's 'Normandy API' when the time comes (from what I understand, Normandy API is a direct replacement for the Google Reader API).
  • Good to know. I really like the Feed Reader app and it doesn't sound like there will be a Feedly for WP7.x.
  • Cool, I just picked Feedly cause of the simple browser exensions.  Was hoping it'd come to windows phone.  I want my feeds accessible from anything... I don't want to set up feeds in multiple places.
  • Die Google.. U won't be remembered
  • And just days ago some arsehat on Engadget was making fun of WP for not having it
  • Hopefully NextGen Reader will use feedly's sync API in the future?
  • What app is that in the above screenshot? It looks very nice.
  • Ah, looks like NextGen Reader, which I already use. The Windows Phone 8 version looks awesome.
  • I can't NextGen to load any of my subscriptions.
  • Please vote here:
  • So glad to hear this! I can stop looking for a RSS replacement for my phone (long time user of Feedly/Google Reader on desktop )