Summary

To subscribe and read RSS feeds you need an RSS feed reader. RSS feed readers are also called News Aggregators, Feed Readers, Feed Aggregators or News Readers.

One of the ways to learn about RSS is to pick a reader, subscribe to RSS Feeds, and experience how RSS works.


Detail

What RSS Feed readers do.

Each RSS feed reader provides the same basic functionality:


There are lots of RSS feed readers.

There are dozens if not hundreds of RSS Feed Readers. Here are several directories of RSS Feed Readers just to show the number and variety of RSS feed readers that are available.


Some basic types of RSS Readers.

Many of the portals now include the ability to add RSS feeds. These are the "My" sites.

Examples:
Use a portal to read RSS feeds if:
Web-based RSS Feed Readers.

Examples:
Use a web-based RSS feed reader if:
Desktop based RSS feed readers that are downloaded and installed on the desktop.

Examples:
Use a desktop RSS feed reader if:
Outlook based products

The latest version of Outlook has built in RSS support. Earlier Versions of Outlook need an add-on.

Examples:


Use an Outlook add-on if:
Reference
Office Hours: Outlook and RSS: A match made in syndication

RSS Readers - Evaluations

Some articles that evaluate and compare RSS Readers.


RSS Readers - Special Functions

NewsGator for IPhone
NewsGator announced the release of NewsGator Mobile for iPhone, a free newsreader that takes advantage of the unique design and user interface of Apple's wildly popular new device.
RSS Screensaver
The RSS Screensaver is a screensaver that lets you subscribe to one or more RSS feeds, and select a directory for background images. The Screensaver loops through the list of RSS items and shows the contents of the feed in the right hand side.
RSS To Speech Gadget
This gadget downloads RSS feeds from any Web sites and then reads them using Text-to-Speech and shows the feeds on a good-looking black screen. After installation the program will use default computer's voice.
RSS Ticker
RSS Ticker loads your Live Bookmarks and scrolls their entries across your screen while you surf. It's perfect for staying informed without having to actively browse entries in an RSS reader.
RSS-to-Email Comparison Review - FeedBurner, FeedBlitz, Zookoda, AWeber
This is a review of products and services that convert RSS Feeds to Email, giving the security of RSS Feeds delivered in the familiar email technology.
Snackr - Nibble on Your Feeds
An RSS ticker that pulls random items from your feeds and scrolls them across your desktop. When you see a title that looks interesting, you can click on it to pop up the item in a window.
Times is a unique and innovative newsreader for Mac OS X Leopard.
RSS Reader as newspaper. Instead of treating news like email (as most RSS readers do), Times presents you with headlines and photos from a variety of sources all in one place, letting you more easily discover the news you want to read.
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