Top Windows RSS Feed Readers and News Aggregators

See all the news that interests you in one spot

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Really Simple Syndication feeds are an easy and fast way to stay abreast of the news and information that interest you most. Configure an RSS feed to monitor sites and topics that are important to you and then gather the relevant content so that you don't need to visit many different sites to keep informed.

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What We Like
  • Clean Windows 10 app.

  • Provides basic tools without a ton of distracting bells and whistles.

What We Don't Like
  • Manage sources individually; no login links to services like Feedly.

  • Settings menu is constrained, with tabs set in a fixed-width portion of a large empty window.

Relatively new to the RSS scene, the Newsflow reader and aggregator downloads news from RSS feeds directly to your computer in a sleek, appealing interface. Opt to receive notifications when news arrives, share news with friends, group stories by keyword, pin live tiles with the latest news, and play GIF animations and YouTube videos right inside the app.

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Awasu Personal Edition

What We Like
  • Several versions for different business needs, including a free personal edition.

  • Powerful tools to support journalists and info-management pros.

What We Don't Like
  • Looks like Outlook Express circa 2004.

  • Not good for tablet reading.

Awasu Personal Edition monitors any site that provides an RSS or Atom feed. This feature-rich RSS reader is kept up to date and can monitor many data sources even if a feed is not available. The option to enhance it with plug-ins makes Awasu a particularly powerful aggregator. It lets you know when it finds new content, keeps track of what you have read, and removes ads from the content before you ever see them. Awasu Personal Edition is free for personal use; paid advanced and professional editions are also available.

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What We Like
  • Highly configurable.

  • Clean layout.

  • The free version is ideal for most people.

What We Don't Like
  • Browser version only.

  • Unclear what benefit accrues from paid subscription.

Feedly is the most widely used RSS reader. Highly customizable, it can be set to follow publications, blogs, YouTube channels, tweets, and RSS feeds all in one place. Use Feedly to organize, search, and share content about your interests and to discover new content options. You can even share feeds with co-workers and curate articles on shared boards. The basic version of Feedly is free.

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The Old Reader

What We Like
  • Good base functionality.

  • Screen optimized for desktop reading.

What We Don't Like
  • Unappealing interface.

  • The one-at-a-time approach to surfacing content is inefficient.

Start your experience with the Old Reader by typing in the web address of any site you want to follow; before you know it, fresh content appears in your feed. The Old Reader makes it easy to organize your interests and share articles with friends with a clean, user-friendly interface that lets you drag and drop folders and feeds to change their positions in the navigation panel.

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What We Like
  • Free and full-featured.

  • Good organization and layout, optimized for desktop.

What We Don't Like
  • Last updated in November 2013.

  • Models the design motifs of Windows XP applications.

  • No clear sync utility for Feedly or other aggregation services.

Use RSSOwl to organize, search, and read feeds. Its powerful search functions help customize and automate your news feeds so that you get just the news you want. The app notifies you when news of interest is available. A handy Labels feature lets you assign keywords to entries and save your searches to use them again.

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What We Like
  • Free.

  • Internal automation.

  • Apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile.

What We Don't Like
  • Need to sign up to find out what is offered.

  • No native desktop version.

  • Saves reading history, a potential privacy red flag.

Inoreader is a web-based content and RSS reader geared for power users who want to save time. Powered by a community of content curators, Inoreader offers a discovery mode and user-generated subscription bundles. Use Inoreader Rules to tag articles as they arrive automatically. There's no limit to the number of subscriptions you can read, even in the free version.

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What We Like
  • Clean display, great for touch-enabled Windows tablets.

  • Simple interface with a solid feature set.

  • Feedly integration.

What We Don't Like
  • Stuck at Windows 8.1.

  • Bare bones.

Readily works with your Feedly account to let you access your feeds more dynamically. Although it's a simple, low-frills reader designed for speed, it offers themes, sorting and filters, sharing, and settings to organize your feeds.

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Omea Reader

What We Like
  • Free and optimized for desktop power users.

  • Pulls a lot of disparate content into one user interface.

What We Don't Like
  • Last updated in 2006, and it shows.

  • Not sure of the value of the LiveJournal plugin.

Omea Reader is the free version of Omea Pro that's ideal for older Windows versions. It makes staying up to date a smooth experience tailored to your reading and organizational style with search folders, annotations, categories, and workspaces. You can download and organize podcasts, subscribe to feeds directly from your browser, and access all your RSS feeds, newsgroups, and bookmarked web pages in one location.