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July 30, 2009

NewsGator Discontinues Online RSS Reader, Points To Google Reader

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NewsGator one of the first online RSS readers I used back in the day, is being tossed in the deadpool by parent company in a move that signals its newfound focus on desktop applications and social computing tools for businesses.

Users of the online feed reader are kindly requested to migrate their subscriptions over to Google Reader before August 31, and NewsGator will provide step-by-step instructions and in-product reminders to make sure all goes smoothly.

Speaking of NewsGator’s desktop RSS readers, which includes FeedDemon for Windows and NetNewsWire for Macs, they have both been updated to a new version. Users of the software programs are asked to download the updated versions in the next 30 days, and in another testament to the company’s friendly relationship with Mountain View it is mostly touting the new synchronization feature with Google Reader as a selling point.

NewsGator’s focus on its range of paid applications makes sense. Yesterday, the company released an announcement about the momentum for its enterprise social networking product Social Sites, which recently hit the milestone of 1 million paying users.

NewsGator has raised $39 million to date , mostly from Mobius Venture Capital and Masthead Venture Partners.


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