The debate about the usefulness of RSS feeds is still going on with tech pundits, but for many of us they are still very useful and needed. Although social media has become the new way I get lots of news, I still have a decent amount of RSS feeds going through Google Reader. If you just want to read your interests and not a lot of noise like you’ll find in social media, this is the way to go.
There are a ton of Google Reader clients out there for just about every desktop and mobile platform, but I’ve been looking for the best for Windows 8 and I think I have found it. Nextgen Reader for Windows 8 is top in the News section in the Windows App Store for good reason. It offers both a classic and modern view for traditional desktop viewing, or optimized for your tablet such as a Surface RT.
As you can see in the screenshot above, Nextgen Reader has a clean layout which makes reading your feeds beyond easy, and it’s also easy to scan through the articles if you are in a hurry with the 3 column layout. Users can also customize Nextgen by setting default feed opening methods. Set feeds for a summary, webpage, or mobilized view.
Additional features include the ability to pin multiple live tiles to your start screen, full keyboard support, swiping support, and more. I have this on both my desktop and Surface RT and use this daily, so I give this a definite recommendation. A mobile version for Windows Phone 8 is also available, but I’ll talk about that another time.
Nextgen Reader has an unlimited ad-free trial, and to purchase is only $2.99.