On Twitter, hypermax posts a request:
@edbott I’ll be glad if you could post your reaction to the news of Newsgator Online ending somewhere.
Yeah, that’s one I can’t answer in 140 characters.
Short version, from the NewsGator FAQ:
One of the most popular feature requests from FeedDemon and NetNewsWire users was synchronization with Google Reader- so we are delivering that today.
NewsGator Online will no longer be available for consumers as of August 31, 2009. If you would like to continue to take advantage of the power of RSS, we recommend FeedDemon (for Windows), NetNewsWire (for Macs and iPhones), and/or Google Reader (for online).
NewsGator Go! for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile [and] NewsGator Inbox will no longer be available for consumers as of August 31, 2009. We recommend Inbox users try FeedDemon or Google Reader.
I love FeedDemon (it’s one of my favorite Windows programs of all time). Nick Bradbury’s baby has been a part of NewsGator and has used NewsGator sync engine for as long as I can remember. NewsGator Online, however, was a well-meaning but messy online alternative that I can’t remember using in the past couple years. The Windows Mobile version was similarly flawed. I gave it a fair try and finally said “no mas!” When I want to read my RSS feeds on a phone, I use Google Reader, which in my case is always out of sync with NewsGator.
So selfishly, I’m glad Google has won. It’s the default online RSS reader, and I think they’ve done a fine job with it. I can still use FeedDemon and NetNewsWire on Windows PCs and Macs respectively.
The latest release candidate of FeedDemon 3 integrates with Google’s sync engine, and I transferred my settings over to Google a couple days ago. Only one feed out of 260+ failed to transfer properly, but it was flagged for me and I imported it manually. The reliability of the service doesn’t seem to have changed. I’m seeing slight indications of differences between the sync engines. For example, I see more items in some feeds now than I did before; I’m also noticing more posts where the Author is unknown.
In the bigger picture, I hate being beholden to Google for yet another service where they can watch what I do and who I watch. But I’m willing to trust them, just as I’m willing to trust Microsoft on many issues.
I’m interested in your feedback as well. And now I return to reading page proofs for Windows 7 Inside Out.